By Parameswaran Ponnudura (March 18, 2014)
A referendum for the independence of Tibet? A vote for self-determination in Xinjiang?
Such questions surrounding the future of the two restive autonomous regions in China may appear far-fetched.
But they may have been uppermost in the minds of the leaders in Beijing when Ukraine's Crimea region declared independence this week and voted to join ally Russia.
The prospect of dangerous challenges to the Chinese government’s rule in the two regions is believed to have been behind Beijing's ambiguous stand over Crimea's decision to quit Ukraine in a referendum, analysts said.
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