There is an important energy (read: oil & gas) connection to the current riots in China’s Xinjiang province. While the region had been independence-minded, that is no longer conceivable to the Chinese leadership, with sad and unsurprising current results:
“The Chinese didn’t want to let Xinjiang be independent before, but after they built all the oilfields, it became absolutely impossible,” said one Muslim resident in Korla, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution by government security agents.
- Backgrounder on the Uyghur people (Wikipedia)
- 140 killed in Western China after riots and security crackdown (Times)
- Xingjian oil boom fuel Uyghur unrest (FT)