China’s restive Xinjiang to use entertainment in terror fight

(From Reuters)

China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will use entertainment to fight terrorism, holding cultural activities — which typically involve singing and dancing — to spread its law-enforcement message, state media said on Thursday.

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has long been known as a land of song and dance

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has long been known as a land of song and dance

Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few years in resource-rich Xinjiang, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence between the Muslim Uighur people who call the region home and ethnic majority Han Chinese.

The government has blamed the unrest on Islamist militants, though rights groups and exiles say anger at Chinese controls on the religion and culture of the Uighurs is more to blame for the unrest. China denies any repression in Xinjiang.

The official Xinjiang Daily said the government would begin a new round of public education activities to spread knowledge about China’s new counter-terrorism law, passed last year, to help improve the region’s peace and stability. Read More



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