Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Why is Daulat Beg Oldie So Important?

Daulat Beg Oldie Standoff: An Assessment
V. Mahalingam
The logic of Chinese encroachment 

 Legally speaking China has no business to be in areas beyond its borders. Its border ends at Xinjiang, which was incorporated into the Chinese empire when it was conquered by the Mongol leader Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Known to the Chinese as Xiyu (“Western Regions”) for centuries, the area became Xinjiang (“New Borders”) upon its annexation under the Qing (Manchu) dynasty in the 18th century.1 The then borders did not include areas of present Chinese claims.