Is Xinjiang China’s Chechnya?

Islamic separatist insurgency is rising, with the authorities grasping for a solution.

Flickr Photo: Dmitry P
The streets of Urumqi, the provincial capital of Xinjiang, China in 2009.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 08/20/2014 12:00 am EDT

It’s not really China’s Chechnya yet, but the insurgency in Xinjiang is growing fast. Incidents of anti-Chinese violence are getting bigger and much more frequent. Since March, 176 people have been killed in six separate attacks on Chinese police and government officials, local collaborators and ordinary Chinese residents of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in northwestern China, and the authorities don’t seem to have a clue what to do about it.

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