July 1, 2013

Western media are encouraging “terrorism” in Xinjiang by misrepresenting violence in the region as ethnic conflict between minority Uighurs and Han Chinese, state-run media said.

China denies the unrest — which last week left at least 35 people dead — is due to ethnic tensions and has vowed to crack down on “terrorist groups”, ordering military exercises ahead of the July 5 anniversary of major riots in 2009.

Beijing often labels outbreaks of violence in the western desert region as terrorism — accusations denied by rights groups for the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, who blame unrest on economic inequality and religious repression.

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