Monday, July 28, 2008
China's War on Terrorism
With the Beijing Olympics about to open, "China's War on Terrorism: Counter-insurgency, Politics and Security" by Martin I. Wayne (Routledge, 2007) is a timely analysis of the Chinese government's response to Islamic terrorism in northwest China (Xinjiang). While not underplaying problems with the Chinese government's human right record, Wayne has respect for their multi-level response to terrorism. In contrast to the approach of the USA which is to go after high profile terrorists, China has tackled the problem at at all levels, with political and policing measures starting at the grass roots community level. This is a book which should be read by all those interested in dealing with insurgency.