New Xinjiang Military Appointment Underscores Fragility of Central Asia Security

This photo taken on Jan. 4, 2021, shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers assembling during military training at Pamir Mountains in Kashgar, northwestern China's Xinjiang region. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)
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News Analysis The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) appointment of a new top military commander for the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) could result in further unrest along the nation’s westernmost border, according to experts. The CCP appointed Lieutenant General Wang Haijiang as the new military commander for Xinjiang, which borders the volatile regions of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Importantly, Wang’s
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