Xinjiang and Central Asia: Ethno-religious, political, and economic interactions

Yueyao Zhao, Florida International University


The neighboring regions of Xinjiang and Central Asia, linked historically on the famous Silk Road, later developed separately as a result of the incorporation of the former into China and the latter into the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. Thus, interaction between Xinjiang and Central Asia has been constrained by the nature of the Sino-Russian or Sino-Soviet relationship. However, the demise of the Soviet Union--which resulted in the independence of five Central Asian states--and the recent economic reforms in the People's Republic of China suggest dramatic new possibilities for interregional cooperation. In this thesis, an historical and comparative approach is employed to study Chinese policies in Xinjiang and Soviet policies in Central Asia, and concludes that despite several decades of separate development, the common ethnic and religious origins of the indigenous peoples and their former ties will facilitate greater interaction between the two regions.

Subject Area

International law|International relations|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology|History

Recommended Citation

Zhao, Yueyao, "Xinjiang and Central Asia: Ethno-religious, political, and economic interactions" (1993). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1355655.