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The @HongKongFP‘s one of my fav publications, but I must point this out: the overwhelming majority of native inhabitants in the area they call “#Xinjiang, #China” actually call their Homeland “#EastTurkistan” & view it as being under military occupation. Names matter, @TomGrundy.
… the region in Q. is home to not only #Uyghurs, but to #Kazakhs, #Kyrgyz, #Uzbeks, & #Tatars. The term “#Xinjiang” is a *colonial term* that was forcibly imposed on the inhabitants after #China’s #PLA & #CCP invaded/overthrew the #EastTurkistan Republic in 1949…
… it’s important that people understand the history in order to understand what’s going on right now. For nearly 70 years, these people have suffered under #CCP totalitarianism. #Beijing’s claims of “separatism” ring hollow when you realize they’re a foreign, occupying power.
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Faced w/ an economy on the brink of implosion, #China’s #XiJinping‘ll probably have no choice but to switch to belligerency to rally domestic support. I fear even luminaries like @MikePillsbury misunderstand the situation. #Beijing’s empty trade promises are a stalling tactic…
… to give the #PLA time to prep for a new #ColdWar. The correct COA right now is to aggressively pursue a strongpoint containment strategy vs. #China while giving support to the people of #Tibet, #EastTurkistan, #InnerMongolia, #Manchuria, #HongKong, & #Taiwan, & while seeking…
… détente &, eventually, rapprochement (w/in limits) w/ #Russia (provided that #Moscow addresses certain high-ticket items, like its #INFTreaty violations). This misguided 3-month #TradeWar “truce” is a reprieve #China‘s using to strengthen & ready itself. A strategic mistake.
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China will try to avoid military adventurism because of the lesson highlighted by American examples. But in the yrs ahead, it will find itself pulled towards foreign military entanglements because of its rapid expanding interests and footprint around the world.

1/ BRI routes
China's military, #PLA, is increasingly called upon to protect China's interests around the globe, including along the routes of the #BRI with its share of unstable polities. The rapid modernisation of the #PLA will enable China to project power much more effectively

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The combination of the demand for #PLA to project its power in advancing China's interests globally as well as its modernising capabilities mean that the #PLA will be more likely than ever to be pulled into a foreign military entanglement.

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#SUWEIDA: #SAA captures “Mushayrifah School” & “Rahbat Mushayrifah” on Khirbat Al-Umbashi axis during a new operation to eliminate #ISIS cells adjacent to As-Safa volcanic plateau wikimapia.org/m/#lat=33.0552…
BREAKING: #SAA, #SSNP advance 12 km deep into #Suweida desert on Khirbat Al-Umbashi axis, capture “Mushayrifah” hills which overlook Umbashi road amid total #ISIS collapse. #Syria
BREAKING: #SAA, #SSNP capture Wādī ‘Ar’Ar & Rasm Al-Hatitah on Tal Safa - Al-Qasr axis in #Suweida desert from #ISIS. #Suweida #Syria
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