Chinese Government Sources

PRC White Papers are a feature of the government’s public diplomacy, offering the rationale for government policy—particularly on issues of international interest or concern. The most famous PRC White Papers in the past twenty years have been on Tibet and Hong Kong, but there are others on Taiwan and the South China Sea, etc. In total the Chinese government has published 8 white papers on Xinjiang. These papers are meant for public access.

This analysis is done using the official English translations accessible on Chinese government websites (Links provided with every paper). This section of the Xinjiang Documentation Project offers overview summaries of each White Paper, along with textual analysis of key terms by frequency and word clouds.

The purpose is to give an overview of the government narrative concerning Xinjiang. To allow the reader to understand how the Chinese state wants the international audience to view the developments in Xinjiang (particularly because all these have been officially translated in English for an external audience). For a critical view of the Chinese government positions please refer to the academic publication and human rights report section.

A brief overview of the white papers, published by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, along with the links to the original document can be accessed below:

This paper outlining effectiveness of the “vocational education and training centers” in stemming the spread of religious extremism in Xinjiang.

This paper emphasizes the inseparability of Xinjiang with China.

This paper highlights the threat of terrorism in Xinjiang and refutes any arguments in favour of Xinjiang sovereignty.

This paper illustrates examples of coexistence between Chinese and Uyghur cultures.

This paper provides examples of inter- and intra-religious conflict in Xinjiang and the surrounding region.

This paper focuses on ethnic unity in Xinjiang and highlights the need to promote regional autonomy in regions with ethnic minorities.

This paper argues the importance of establishing Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) in the Chinese frontiers.

This paper examines the progress and development in Xinjiang as an example of the success of China’s policies on ethnic minorities.

This paper discusses the coexistence of Chinese minorities and relations between China’s western regions and the Central Asian states.