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There is only one unique zone in China - and that is a real one.
But China didn't always have a time zoning. By 1912, the year after the Qing Dynasty collapsed, the reauthorized Republic of China had created five different time zones in the land, from five and a half to eight and a half hour after Greenwich Mean Time. However, in 1949, when the Communist Party was consolidating controls over the land, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered that all of China be in the sense of Beijing time from now on for the sake of domestic unification.
A mere two dozen years earlier, China was a fragmentary nation with large swaths (such as Xinjiang) that eluded the de facto federal state. For example, the recently independence of India had introduced a similar political system only two years earlier.
At most, for most Chinese citizens, the individual time zones are a slight discomfort, a lack of planning that demands only a small adaptation. In Xinjiang, however, the issue of time shares the inhabitants of the area. Speaking among Han Chinese, Justin Jacobs, a Xinjiang specialist at American University, said the use of Beijing standard time was universal: "The fact that there is another watch is not even something Han thinks about.
" However, a large part of the Uighur people prefer to use their free time. Urumqi, a town in the eastern part of Xinjiang, which is mainly inhabited by the Han, has Beijing standard time. However, going further westwards, into areas further away from Beijing (and with a higher Uighur concentration), it becomes more difficult to know "what time" to use.
Xinjiang in the far western Xinjiang, near China's Pakistan-Pakistan border, the Beijing standard time is so insignificant that it is not even used in the coach timetable. The Uighur people see the use of their leisure time as more than just the restoration of a more naturally balanced clock: it is also about policy. With hopes of more domestic self-determination in China fading - through a mixture of state oppression and Han emigration - the Uighurs see their time, according to author Ruth Ingram, as a psychologic instrument for gaining independency.
In the last six centuries, the Uighurs have rubbed under the Beijing policy that has limited their capacity to learn their languages and practise their Muslim beliefs and made it harder for them to get along in a Han-dominated Beijing China community. Peking has guilty the East Turkestan Muslim Group, a UN-designated terror organisation supporting Uighur independency, although others have questioned its capacity to carry out such an assault.