China’s headache: Taiwan and not Tibet or Xinjiang
China’s defence white paper 2019 reiterates the importance of Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan for China. The white paper highlights China’s concerns on Taiwan. But it implies a certain lessening of its worries on Xinjiang and Tibet compared to the past.
China has always addressed the instability in these regions as its internal security issues. It has repeatedly warned of the interference of external separatist forces that are operating in these regions. The 2019 white papers hints that China has managed to achieve political and social stability in Xinjiang and Tibet.