Original article published by Al Jazeera, excerpt from article:
Some Uighur activists warn that with its loans, investments, infrastructure projects and political backing, Beijing will gradually take over Central Asia, parts of which used to belong to China since the inception of the Great Silk Road two millennia ago.
Salih Hudayar, who heads the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, a Washington-based group, compared the economic takeover of the region to the way Communist China has been subjugating East Turkistan (“Xinjiang”) since 1949.
“Slowly, they chipped away our independence buying our leaders, and here we are today,” he told Al Jazeera.
“In the long run, [the Central Asian governments] will too become like us, they will lose their independence in favour of some small economic benefits.”
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