Securitising HIV/AIDS in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region

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. ISSN 1035-7718


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 12:07
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese government; HIV/AIDS; human security
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2011.550104

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