Spotlight: China's Ethnic Riots

Xinjiang is China's most exotic province. With a population of 20 million, it is three times the size of Texas and studded with mountains and deserts.

Uighurs, who are Muslim and of Turkic origin, are the single largest ethnic group in Xinjiang. But over the years, their culture has been threatened by a steady influx of Han Chinese. The result: resentment and unrest. The past decade has seen bombings by suspected Uighur separatists and crackdowns by the Chinese authorities. At the time of last year's Beijing Olympics, an attack in the Xinjiang town of Kashgar killed 17 Chinese police officers. But...

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