Tuesday, October 04, 2005

 

What does the name ‘Xinjiang’ mean?

[Image from East Turkistan National Freedom Center]


Chinese have come to call the land Xinjiang which means "the new territory" or "the new frontier." It was a name applied in 1884 when the Chinese Imperial government formally annexed what had for centuries been known as Sharqi Turkistan -- "The Land of the East Turks."

[Image from East Turkistan National Freedom Center]


China e-Lobby : News of the Day (October 3)

East Turkestanis mourn anniversary of “Xinjiang” founding: Saturday, October 1, was also the 55th anniversary of the creation of the “Xinjiang Autonomous Region,” the Communist puppet regime in the territory of occupied East Turkestan. The World Uygur Congress marked the day with an unfortunate warning that the occupied nation could become a “time bomb” (United Press Int’l via Washington Times). The U.S. issued a travel warning, and a “separate video, allegedly made by the East Turkestan Liberation Organization, said it would use all means possible to launch an armed struggle against China” (BBC). It was the first time anything was attributed to the ETLO in any form; in fact, most analysts on East Turkestan doubted its existence for years (third item). Neither is affiliated with this quarter’s friends at the non-violent East Turkestan Government-in-exile. Meanwhile, the Communist persecution of East Turkestan continued: China Aid (via Epoch Times) has the latest on the persecution of Christians in the occupied nation.

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