Some of the Uighers have gone to Syria to kill Syrians. Some of them are definitely part and parcel of the NATO war machine.
Uighers have separatist aspirations in a strategically important - think pipelines- province of China.
Uighers have undertaken acts of terrorism against the civilian populace previously on a number of occasions
I found this latest attack on civilians particularly brutal
The US/NATO war machine has plans for China
China has not bowed to the US regarding Syria, instead allying with Russia
China requires vast quantities of energy for it's population and some may have an interest in denying or controlling that access.
A bit of background- helps to understand the strategic importance of this area
While Uighers used to be the majority in this area- The populace is now almost equally split between Uighers and Han Chinese.
The Uighur population, once over 80 percent of the province’s total, is now reduced to around Uighers: 40-45 percent. In the event of severe instability or independence, the region may experience serious and prolonged ethnic conflict involving 9 million Uighurs and an almost equal amount of Han Chinese: 55 to 60 percentXinjiang: Autonomous but not likely separatists
Xinjiang is an autonomous region, though not likely as separatist as Crimea, also connects the vast Chinese heartland with the rest of Central Asia, where China has increasingly strengthened its economic and political relationships with the Central Asian states. Beijing has, for example, fostered close ties with resource-rich states such as Kazakhstan. And through regional organizations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), China looks to Central Asia to help diversify its energy supplies. As a result, Xinjiang is becoming one of the most important passages for road transportation and the transportation of oil and gas for the country.Now what entities would have an interest in seeing or taking action that would cause China to loose it's energy security? Pipelines, people, pipelines. Control. Denial. Etc.,
China inaugurated its first transnational oil pipeline in 2006, when it began receiving Kazakh and Russian oil from a Kazakhstan pipeline. It is gradually becoming the bridge to a wide resource supply network all over Central Asia, potentially including the Middle East and Caspian Sea. The Central Asia Gas Pipeline became the first gas-importing pipeline for China in 2009 and is linked to the web of domestic pipelines through multiple west-to-east pipelines. This reduces the transportation load in the busy Strait of Malacca and delivers Central Asian gas resources directly to China. Beijing’s state owned PetroChina has also built two west-to-east pipelines that bring in gas imports from western neighbors and deliver its own large production to the rest of China.
More pipelines have been planned in the near future and the existing capacity is expected to double over the next few years. A China-Pakistan pipeline is also under consideration, which would enable Pakistan to become the “energy corridor” for China, delivering crude oil from the Persian Gulf and Africa through Xinjiang. If China were to ever lose control over the Xinjiang region, its energy security could be severely compromised. With its economy highly dependent on energy-intensive industries, losing energy supplies coming from and passing through Xinjiang would have a devastating effect on the nation’s economic growth.
Too Important to Break Away
An independent Xinjiang state would also have a profound impact upon Beijing’s domestic policies and international relations. For instance, China plans to develop clean energy that will help the country deal with its notorious problems with pollution in the next decade. One of the largest sources of solar and wind power is Xinjiang, which is at the national forefront of many clean energy projects. Xinjiang’s enormous potential to provide China cleaner energy would be lost if Beijing no longer administers the region. The path to greening the country would thus encounter serious setbacks.
Finally, some of the most vocal calls for an independent Xinjiang come from the World Uyghur Congress. Many leading figures within the Congress currently reside in the United States, Germany and Turkey. Should the independence movement and the newly-installed Xinjiang government continue to receive support and funding originating from these states, it could significantly complicate China’s relations with the West.
Should the independence movement continue to receive support and funding originating with these states, the US, Germany and Turkey, it could significantly complicate China's relations with the West.
While Crimeans may have seperatist aspirations they aren't engaging in mass killings. The Uighers, funded by NATO nations are killing civilians
Separatist Flags Found at Site of Chinese Attack
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Chinese police have found flags used by an outlawed separatist group from the northwestern region of Xinjiang at the scene of a deadly mass knife attack in southwestern China, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.
It was the first evidence Chinese authorities have cited to back up their assertion that Saturday night's assault on a train station in the city of Kunming, which left 33 people dead, was a terrorist attack carried out by separatists from Xinjiang.
China has blamed most of the separatist unrest in Xinjiang over the last decade or so on a separatist group called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which Chinese authorities say has links to al Qaeda.
China has also accused Uighur activist groups in the U.S. and Europe of involvement in the violence in Xinjiang. The activist groups have denied supporting violence.
Doesn't this sound like a destabilization campaign- NATO style
But what must really worry China's leaders is that the violence from Xinjiang now appears to be spreading.
In October of last year, Chinese officials said that militants from the region were involved in an apparent suicide attack in Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of power in China. The attack in Kunming appears to represent a further escalation.
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"This attack is a very significant development in the trajectory of Chinese terrorism," said Rohan Gunaratna, a professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore who studies terrorism in Asia, including China.
"It was a low-cost but a high-impact attack which has generated huge publicity," he added.
"Uighur extremists have shown that they can launch an attack far away from their base of operations."
Many Uighurs also resent the influx of Han Chinese to the region. Once the majority, Uighurs are now a minority in what they consider their homeland.
There is quite a bit of news covering the brutality of the attack, but, by all accounts it was horrific.
Two women were involved in the stabbings. I guess 'feminism' really did turn women into men?