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China calls to prevent ‘colour revolution’

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    23rd Sep, 2022

Context

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned his Central Asian neighbors against allowing outsiders to destabilize them with “colour revolutions.”

  • The statement was made during the recent SCO Summit in Samarkand.

About

What is Colour revolution?

In 2019, Beijing had said the protests in Hong Kong had taken on “colour revolution characteristics”

  • Colour revolutions refer to a series of uprisings that first began in former communist nations in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s, but are also used in reference to popular movements in the Middle East and Asia.
  • Most have involved large-scale mobilisation on the streets, with demands for free elections or regime change, and calls for removal of authoritarian leaders.

Important colour revolutions

  • Orange Revolution: It refers to a series of protests that occurred in Ukraine between November 2004 and January 2005.
  • Tulip Revolution: Also called the First Kyrgyz Revolution, the movement led to the ouster of Kyrgyzstan’s President AskarAkayev in early 2005. 
  • Jasmine Revolution: The popular uprising occurred during December 2010 to January 2011 in Tunisia. It was in response to the underlying corruption, unemployment, inflation and lack of political freedoms in the country.

Why this method is criticised?

  • They are said to destabilise influences to overthrow regimes in order to further their own geopolitical interests.
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