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  • noun Political separatism, specifically the following of independent interests as opposed to central Communist party policy.


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From split +‎ -ism, translating Mandarin 分裂主义 (fēnlièzhǔyì).


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  • In the past, China justified its repression of the Uyghurs on fears of "splittism"; after 9/11, it justified its repression in the context of the war on terror; and in the post-July 5 unrest era, it will prolong the repression on the grounds of stability -- all without acknowledging the systemic economic, social and political marginalization of the Uyghur people that has caused so much of the suffering.

    Henryk Szadziewski: 2009 - The Uyghur Human Rights Year in Review

  • The Chinese government hides behind charges of "endangering state security," "splittism" or "terrorism" when punishing Uighur voices, but the simple truth is that whenever Uighurs contradict the official narrative stating the benevolence of the Chinese Communist Party, they are severely punished.

    Uighur Writers Silenced

  • Among these are the writer Tragyal, long associated with the state publishing house, who awaits trial on charges of "splittism," and Dorje Tashi, a businessman and hotel owner, who received a life sentence in June for allegedly collaborating with human-rights groups abroad.

    Obama's Timidity on Tibet

  • Between 1997 and 2003, Amnesty International reported that over 200 death sentences were recorded in East Turkestan as a result of these campaigns, with the majority being for "splittism".

    Gordon Cinco: China's Forgotten Minority

  • Subtly and flexibility in cross-strait relations has rarely been Beijing's strong suite, especially when it feels beleaguered by "splittism" in other parts of the empire.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Officials told a meeting in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, that local prosecutors handled 765 cases of anti-Chinese "splittism" and other serious crimes during 1994, it said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Chinese Consulate's petulant protest made the tired old claim that any discussion of the Tibet issue is giving succour to China's enemies, fomenting 'splittism', "interfering in the internal affairs of China".

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • The government's primary goal is the "life or death" fight against "splittism" and "the Dalai clique"; local politicians must repeat the appropriate slogans and demonstrate their anti-splittist zeal.

    open Democracy News Analysis - Comments

  • The territorial contrast between the vast old Soviet empire and today's shrunken Russian state may help explain the Chinese government's intransigence about any threat of what it dismisses as "splittism" concerning Tibet, the Muslim region of Xinjiang, or Taiwan.


  • Residents passing by appear to pay little heed to the notices, accustomed to barrages of government propaganda denouncing "splittism," "illegal religious activities" and calling for ethnic unity and harmony.

    Ferghana.Ru news agency


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