Uighur Unrest in NW China

In Xinjiang province of northwestern China, ethnic Uighurs have expressed frustration with the dominance of the Han Chinese in their region, with some expressly  promoting independence from China.  The Uighurs have significant linguistic, cultural, and religious ties to the Central Asian Republics to the west of China, leading people to view this conflict variously as an ethnic, political, or religious struggle.  The tensions between the Uighurs and the Han have existed for several centuries.  To read more about these events, go to the Taipei Times, the BBC, or the Shanghai Daily, among other sources.