The Disturbances in the Tibetan Areas and Ürümqi 2008-2009: Implications for China's International Relations
In March 2008, there were disturbances all over the Tibetan areas of China, and in July 2009, riots in the capital of Xinjiang, ܲ쭱i. Both cases affected China's international relations. Although there were similarities, there were also differences. One of these was that the coming Olympic Games (August 2008) had overshadowed the Tibetans disturbances, while these were already over by 2009. China has suffered criticism for its policies on Tibet and Xinjiang. Nevertheless, this paper argues that, from a long-term point of view, there were also some benefits for China's forieng affairs reflected in the two sets of disturbances. In particular, reaction to China's suppression of the ܲ쭱i was much less harsh than had b een the case the year before over Tibet. In foreign relations, the two sets of disturbances worsened China's image but, in world power terms, both reflected and increased China's rising global influence.
China's Policies on its Borderlands and the International Implications
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific