Uyghurs, one of the most ancient
Turkic ethnic groups, have lived in Eastern Turkistan for more than
one thousand years. Uyghurs together with Uzbeks, Kazakhs and other
Turkic people refer to their language as to "Turkic"; equally they
define their identity as "Turkic". Over centuries the Arabs,
Persians and other neighbors called this region Eastern Turkistan.
The Western Orientalists defined the Uyghurs' territory in 19th
century as Eastern Turkistan. This term has long been accepted as a
proper geographic reference and as an official name of the region
among the locals and the world community. "Eastern Turkistan" is the
name by which our Motherland has been known worldwide; this the name
of our sacred land!
We would like to stress out that the term Xinjiang used by the
Chinese invaders serves as a clear evidence of the Chinese occupation
and oppression. "Xinjiang" means in the Chinese language "a new
border, new territory". "New territory" for invaders - this is an