Xinjiang is heating up

China’s western province of Xinjiang is also home to China’s largest Muslim population, and generally tensions between the Uighurs and the central government heat up before, during, and after Ramadan, when the government’s rules usually contradict most sharply with religious practices. This summer is no different, but with tensions already high due to China’s upcoming counterrorism law, relationship with Pakistan, and incidents of domestic terror in recent years, clashes are worse than usual. And of course, the government is doing everything they can to make sure that no one finds out.

A video grab from CCTV shows a vehicle set on fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China July 6, 2009.   REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV

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