Today in History: On February 18, 1934, the first East Turkistan’ Republic’s delegation arrived in New Delhi with the goal of obtaining Britain and India’s recognition of the new Republic [the East Turkistan Republic] that had been established on November 12, 1933.
“Soviet Casting Envious Glances”
CALCUTTA. Feb 18, 1934 – “The Russian Soviet is casting envious glances at the new republic, which, having thrown off Chinese rule, has established itself in Eastern Turkestan, just over the Indian border.” said Doctor Mustapha Ali, head of the Turkestan delegation now visiting New Delhi with the object of securing recognition for the new republic by the British and Indian Governments.
Dr. Ali said that all the inhabitants were supporting the new Government except the Tungans [Huis], who were Moslems by religion and Chinese by race. They sided neither with the new republic of the Chinese. Several thousand Tungans who were Communists, were now besieged in Kashgar, while Urumchi, the former capital of the province, 700 miles from Kashgar and the last Chinese strong hold, was still holding out against the Kirghiz chieftain, Sherif Khan, who was friendly towards the new Moslem Government.
An Army of the new republic, composed of clever marksmen, was being organized along European lines by officers drawn from the student class and educated in Turkey and elsewhere.
The delegation is aiming also at securing recognition from Afghanistan, Persia, and Turkey, but they recognize the task will be a difficult one, as Sinkiang, by international law, is still a Chinese province.
The latest news from Kashgar states that the Tungans have repulsed the attacks of the new Government’s troops with heavy losses.
Source: The West Australian (1879-1954)