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Cultural rifts, repression fueling violence in China's far west

Uighurs wait at a bus stop in Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.   © Getty Images

URUMQI, China -- Political risk is increasing in China as tensions there continue to mount between the dominant Han and minority groups.

     The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in the country's northwest, has been plagued by continued violence between the predominantly Muslim Uighur people and Han Chinese. In the Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding areas, meanwhile, there has been a wave of self-immolation protests against the central government.

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