CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Poverty in Xinjiang


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By Georgia Daniel, Xinhua

    The issue we face today is mass poverty in the Xinjiang region. The Xinjiang autonomous region is mainly comprised of the Uyghur. The area has long been a hotbed of separatist sentiment, culminating in massive demonstrations in the 1990s. The mass protests stem from the large amount of poverty from the region. 

    Moreover, the region has suffered from higher terrorism than other regions in China. Lately the People’s Republic of China has taken methods to move against the terrorism. Methods similar to the Vocational Education Camp’s job training camps all throughout the Xinjiang region are a temporary “pre-emptive measures against extremism that offer trainees job and other life skills.” The camps hold less than 1 million people and will be phased out once their mission is done, but in the meantime they are teaching valuable life and career skills that will improve the economic prospects of some of China’s most vulnerable citizens. Options for jobs are increasing in China’s factory system and pigeon breeding. Breeding factories are popping up all over China and providing thousands of citizens with a sizable income. 

    Recently, Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the People’s Republic of China, has greatly increased the amount of money spent on internal security in the region starting in 2012. Security methods such as virtual fences, facial recognition, social  media surveillance and high tech tracking technology have all helped the government catch over 12,500 terrorists since 2014. Furthermore, the government is stepping in to help the impoverished farmers and herders move on to find higher paying opportunities. Through this, the country is moving on to better opportunities.