Kyrgyz Angry at China’s Detention of Their Co-Ethnics in Xinjiang, Fearful Beijing Plans to Absorb Their Country
December 7 – Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan are increasingly agitated by reports that
China has incarcerated some 50,000 of their co-ethnics in Xinjiang in political
re-education camps on trumped up charges that the Kyrgyz there, one of the most
un-Islamic of Turkic peoples, are Islamic radicals.
other Kyrgyz are upset about the influx of ethnic Chinese into Kyrgyzstan,
their intermarriage with Kyrgyz women, and their increasing prominence in the
economy and public life. Some even fear that if this trend continues,
Kyrgyzstan will be absorbed by China within two decades.
members of the committee say the same thing and note that anti-Chinese
attitudes are intensifying in Kyrgyzstan as a result. Those attitudes had been
growing because of the increasing number of Chinese who now live and work
permanently in the republic. There are an estimated 100,000 ethnic Chinese out
of the country’s six million people.
occupy prominent places in trade and business, something Kyrgyz don’t like. But
Bishkek can do little: at present, Kyrgyzstan owes 40 percent of its foreign
debt to China and depends on China for trade and the development of the Silk
Road.That has already led some in the population
to Bishkek political analyst Igor Shestakov, there have been pickets at the UN office
about the Chinese. But because the government hasn’t taken a strong position on
the re-education camps, ever more Kyrgyz media figures and politicians are
speaking out, often in extremely radical ways.
Kyrgyz parliamentary deputy, Tazabek Ikramov, has even suggested that if things
continue as they are now, Kyrgyzstan’s national security will be at risk and
even that “20 years from now, we could become a province of China” (kyrtag.kg/ru/news/cherez-20-let-kyrgyzstan-riskuet-stat-kitayskoy-provintsiey-deputat-ikramov).