World View: Ethnic Violence Kills 21 in China's Xinjiang Province

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  • Ethnic violence kills 21 in China's Xinjiang province
  • Will Thursday be the day for a North Korean missile test?
  • Syria's opposition scorns Obama over chemical weapons commitment

Ethnic violence kills 21 in China's Xinjiang province

Uighur folk dance in Xinjiang province in 2006 (Xinhua)
Uighur folk dance in Xinjiang province in 2006 (Xinhua)

Major ethnic violence has returned to China's northwestern Xinjiang province for the first time since 2009. On Tuesday, 21 people were killed in confrontations between police and Uighur residents of Kashgar, the country's westernmost city. Violence exploded in July 2009 when over 1,000 people were injured in a Uighur riot that targeted Han Chinese. That riot was triggered by the Han Chinese killing of two Uighurs working in a toy factory in Guangdong province. (See "China's Xinjiang province is scene of violent anti-government protests")

The Muslim Uighurs, of Uzbek origin, have historically occupied the Xinjiang region. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government has been relocating Han Chinese into the Xinjiang region in order to dilute the Uighur population. However, the Han Chinese have marginalized the Uighurs, inflaming the situation. Few details are known about the new violence, since China keeps very tight control over all reporters who attempt cover the situation. LA Times and Xinhua

Will Thursday be the day for a North Korean missile test?

Well, here we go again. The North Koreans have continued to move more missile launchers to their east coast, apparently in preparation for a missile test that the west will say is "unacceptable," though do nothing else. The last best guess for when this missile test would be was Monday, April 15, the birthday of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. Well, nothing happened on April 15. So the new best guess is now, Thursday, April 25, the anniversary of a well-remembered battle with the Japanese. So, the new child dictator Kim Jong-un continues to keep the world guessing what he plans to do next, and apparently all we can do is wait to see when he makes his move. Global Post

Syria's opposition scorns Obama over chemical weapons commitment

Syria's opposition forces are expressing scorn at President Barack Obama for appearing to back down from earlier statements that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a "red line" or a "game changer" that would trigger military intervention in Syria. There have been reports from Israel, Britain and France of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but the obvious reluctance of the U.S. administration to involve itself militarily in Syria is forcing the administration to hedge and duck questions about whether it means anything it says. The same is true about North Korea threats. The problem is that the U.S. is losing credibility. Guardian (London) and Global Post


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