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Bachelor of Science (BS)
Department of Integrated Science and Technology
Timothy R. Walton
The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) utilization of harsh ethnic control policies coupled with extreme and violent enforcement by the People’s Armed Police (PAP) will likely drive the Uighurs to become a security threat to the PRC and disrupt international relationships. The Uighurs do not currently constitute a security threat to the PRC based on their limited connection to terrorist organizations and attacks. Due to several underlying factors, the Uighurs represent a political concern to the PRC and the conflict between the PRC and the Uighurs is fueled by ethnic tensions. Ongoing security operations in the Uighurs’ home province of Xinjiang exacerbate tensions as the PAP enforce harsh ethnic control policies. As the international community is becoming increasingly aware of the situation in Xinjiang, the PRC has come under pressure to explain its actions. These underlying forces could plausibly drive the Uighurs to become a security threat to the PRC in the future.
Read, Bridget and Walters, Ryan, "China: Do the Uighurs represent a serious threat?" (2019). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 637.