Securitising HIV/AIDS in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region

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Hayes, Anna and Qarluq, Abduresit. 2011. "Securitising HIV/AIDS in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region." Australian Journal of International Affairs. 65 (2), pp. 203-219. https://doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2011.550104
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Securitising HIV/AIDS in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region

ERA Journal ID18728
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHayes, Anna (Author) and Qarluq, Abduresit (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of International Affairs
Journal Citation65 (2), pp. 203-219
Number of Pages17
Year2011
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN1035-7718
1465-332X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2011.550104
Abstract

For the People’s Republic of China, the localised HIV/AIDS epidemics in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are emerging as threats to those persons affected by the disease, but also to the stability of Xinjiang. This article examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Xinjiang and considers the impacts it may have on human and political security. The authors argue that due to its remote location and the religious, cultural and ethnic diversity of its population, and current political situation, Xinjiang poses difficult obstacles to effective programs in tackling HIV/AIDS, and the pandemic has disproportionately affected the minority nationalities in the region compared to their Han counterparts. If the HIV/AIDS pandemic among minority nationalities in Xinjiang continues to grow, it has the potential to further weaken social cohesion there, as well as Uyghur human security. Therefore, a HIV/AIDS pandemic in Xinjiang could tip the balance in terms of ethnic and regional stability.

KeywordsChinese government; HIV/AIDS; human security
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
320211. Infectious diseases
440807. Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
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