Prof. Dru Gladney, an expert on ethnic minorities in China and related Chinese policies, was quoted about the arrest of Chinese activist and professor Ilham Tohti, in The Economist's Jan. 27 article "Unquiet on the Western Front."

The story discussed recent violence in Xinjiang and noted "Mr. Tohti is a well-known scholar, focusing on topics like labour and migration. He has also been an outspoken critic of Chinese policies in Xinjiang, and an advocate for better treatment of Uighurs."

For Gladney, the arrest "is not a good sign." He and others had believed "that some Uighurs were still able to teach classes, speak out and speak to foreign media. I've never known him to advocate independence or violence, or to associate with separatists." 

Gladney, a professor of anthropology, is an expert on Chinese politics, ethnic and cultural nationalism, and ethnic minorities in China, with a focus on the people and cultures along the modern Silk Road. He is the author of several books on China's ethnic minorities, including Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects (2004), Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (1991, 2nd ed., 1996), and Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (1998).

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