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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Xinjiang: "Uygur Mecca"

"The Chinese say Xinjiang has belonged to them since ancient times, when local Turkic and Mongol chieftains gave handicrafts to the Emperor as tribute. Though they built garrisons in the western regions as early as the first century AD, the Chinese didn't attempt to govern the area until the 18th century. Fifty years ago, few Chinese lived in Xinjiang. Today, they outnumber the Uighurs."



A travellers look at Xinjinag.

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