In your group and using the following resources as well as any others you find (add any that you use to this page), collect and outline (summarise) evidence to show that one of Beijing's national interests is territorial integrity. Be prepared to present this page to the class.

1. Textbook page 157

2. China rebukes proposal on Taiwan's participation in UN specialized agencies

3. One China policy unshaken at APEC:

Territorial Integrity
The term refers to a nation-state not promoting and restricting separatist or secessionist movements within their borders. The goal is to create a single, autonomous state, which maintains sovereignty over the entire territory it governs.

Wikipedia definition of the term ‘territorial integrity’

Separatist Movement in Xinjiang
Also referred to as the East Turkestan independence movement, the ethnic group of the Uighur people have both peaceful and violent political factions that wish for Uighur independence from China. The Chinese military have been involved in fighting with these separatist groups and have labelled many Uyghur nationalists as terrorists.

Article showing China’s actions against Uighur nationalists

The One China Policy and China-Taiwan relations
The policy is a major source of conflict between both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). Both the PRC and ROC have differing interpretations of the “One China’ policy. The ROC is commonly referred to as Taiwan. The PRC say that they control all of China, of which Taiwan is a region. The ROC have divided positions within themselves, with one side saying the ROC has sovereignty over Mainland China (which is an impossible reality) and the other separatist side arguing that Taiwan is a country separate from China under the PRC.

Article giving an overview of the China-Taiwan dispute.

Article explaining “One China’ policy in relation to Taiwan

China and Tibet
In 1950 when Tibet was invaded by China, the Chinese government claimed sovereignty over the Tibetan region. Since then the Chinese have quelled resistance within the region, using what many would call brutality and oppression. It is not only important for China to crush resistance in the area but also to appear to the international community that they have control. If this situation was to get out of hand, or if any of the other regions (Xinjiang, Taiwan) were to succeed in reaching independence, then this could promote more seperatism and undermine the authority of the Chinese state.

Article explaining controversy over video that allegedly shows Chinese brutality in Tibet