In April, President Xi Jinping visited the Uyghur Autonomous Region and spoke specifically on the issue of combating terrorism. China has recently developed a new National Security Commission to deal with “unconventional security”. Given the escalating situation in various autonomous regions, the likelihood that China will develop a broader official counterterrorism program under the new commission is high. XinJiang Autonomous Region stages some of China’s most violent separatist movements, the most violent of which being considered as developing terrorist-threats. This new commission and subsequent program could be a major opportunity for the U.S. to deal directly with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the police force. In previous attempts to foster greater cooperation, the military has been the most difficult point to reconcile.
With the human rights violations in China escalating, human rights lawyers have become prominent targets for the communist party backlash. Many prominent lawyers, party members, and citizens stand as victims of party violence and control. Outdated practices largely established by Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution no longer maintain control, but rather create discord within the State. An analysis of increasing human rights violations highlights the forecast of instability within China and its effect on the region both politically and economically.