China Promises Stability After Days of Violence

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Life in China's Xinjiang province has begun to return to normal after days of ethnic violence.

Hundreds of troops have left the region, but paramilitary police were patrolling the province to maintain security.

"How can it return to normal with so many soldiers," said a Han woman surnamed Li in central Urumqi. "I've counted 42 military trucks so far and more trucks just came by."

CBN International Correspondent George Thomas visited Xinjiang province last year. Click the player to hear his analysis on the current situation in China.
    
One-hundred and fifty-six people were killed and thousands injured during ethnic riots between the Uighurs and Han Chinese mobs. More deaths may be confirmed by authorities.

"They said we could re-open after three days," a clothing shop owner said. "But today is the fourth day and they are not letting us open."
    
Chinese leaders have accused U.S. exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer and her followers for the attacks. Kadeer has denied those allegations.

"There is huge distrust between ethnic groups," said Nicholas Bequelin, Asia researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch. "People have negative stereotypes about each other, there's racism in a sense, and every community closes ranks against the 'waidiren' - the people from outside."
    
Chinese officials have promised the attackers will be punished.

Source:  The Associated Press, AFP News

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