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Uighurs attack! Bloody car bombing on busy market
Absolutely not a surprise. In fact last night, I said to hubby something along the line of- I betcha there is going to be some sort of attack against China involving the Uighurs. This morning hubby read the news and said to me “you called it”
The area the Uighurs reside in, but do not constitute a majority in, is the very area that has seen vital energy/transportation corridors pass through it and will likely see more of that type of infrastructure being put in place- China is a large country, with a massive population and it requires these resources to function.
The province is Xinjiang- So as usual location, location, location
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Pipelines and rail lines
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Letting the images do the talking. There is of course much more information regarding this vital infrastructure, but the basics should suffice.
Briefly covering the latest China market attack -What’s behind the rising violence in China’s west?
“A pair of trucks smashed through metal barriers and plowed through crowds of early morning shoppers Thursday in the far western city of Urumqi, capital of the volatile Xinjiang region, killing 31 and wounding more than 90. It was the latest and bloodiest in a rising number of increasingly bold attacks by extremists among the Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group”Throwing explosive devices and a car bomb! - Businessweek leaves that out! Why?
The series of explosions hit at 7:50 a.m., with witnesses cited by Xinhua, the state news agency, saying that two “cross-country vehicles” plowed into market crowds and explosives were thrown from them.
One of the vehicles exploded in the busy morning market, ( car bomb?!) Xinhua said, citing someone in the market who said that there had been a dozen big bangs. Saloshka, a woman who said she was about 100 paces from scene, said on her Sina Weibo account that the casualties were “elderly grandpas and grannies” at market early.
Photographs said to be from the scene showed injured people, many elderly, lying on the ground, some being dragged away by others and loaded onto tricycles or ambulances, with blood stains amid scattered vegetables and personal belongings. Others sat on stools or the ground, appearing dazed. A large fire raged in the background.
I had a video here earlier? It disappeared? So here is another oneTianshan Net said the explosions happened in the Shayibake District on North Park Street. The district is known as Saybagh in Uighur, but according to Chinese media reports is almost entirely inhabited by people of Han ethnicity. Urumqi is a segregated city segregated, with Uighur and Han mostly living apart.
Continuing from Businessweek
“Uighurs feel marginalized as the benefits of growth and resources exploitation accrue to Han Chinese migrants who have flooded the region in recent decades. Add to that the influence of global militant Islam and the sense that Muslims elsewhere are standing up for their religion, and it creates a highly combustible mix”Muslims 'everywhere' are standing up for their religion? Quite a statement, no? This is a veiled reference to the NATO Islamist fighters and their use of militant Islam (wahhabiism) as justification for every atrocity they commit on behalf of the NATO global tyrannical army.
Uighers may well feel marginalized and with all the right proddings, one can easily turn a sore spot into a festering wound
China “blames a Uighur military group known either as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement or the Turkistan Islamic Party. While Uighurs are known to be among Islamic militants hiding across the border in Pakistan's lawless northwestern region, it isn't clear whether such a group exists and is capable of organizing and carrying out violence in Xinjiang. Uighur militants occasionally turn up in propaganda videos to either praise or take credit for attacks within China. There is also a large network of activists in the Uighur diaspora who call for a peaceful struggle against the authorities. They are led by U.S.-based Rebiya Kadeer”It isn't clear if such a group exists? -The Pakistan connection
* Pakistani Military Says It Killed 60 Militants in Raids
The Pakistani military said it killed at least 60 militants, and injured at least 30, in aerial raids on terrorist hide-outs across the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border early Wednesday.Could someone tell Businessweek that indeed, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement exists!
Another security official said that foreign militants were the main targets of the strikes. “Pakistani militants and foreign militants from Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement were the targets,” the security official said.
One must always keep in mind the early days of NATO’s Al Quada and the role of both Afghanistan & Pakistan in creating that terror fighting machine, then bring that forward to present day. It's relevant.
More background here- China- 10 Uighers armed with long knives rampage through train stationParticularly concerning western connections to the US, Turkey and Germany
China/Russia and the "Power of Siberia Pipeline"
Mentioned that pipeline in yesterday's post?- Russia & China make energy AND banking deal- bypassing US dollar Russia and China being all independent like, whoa!- Conducting their own business affairs without invading or destabilizing one another. Unheard of stuff, really. We already know, or should know, that NATO has designs on both nations. We already know that both nations are not bowing to NATO edicts- We already know that the US is carrying out it’s “pivot to Asia’ so to speak
The “Power of Siberia Pipeline”
That pipeline avoids the unstable Xinjiang area entirely- for pretty obvious reasons. Instability. It's also suggestive of the fact that Russia is intent on building, a strong nation, non balkanized by NATO nation.
One last piece regarding the significance of the Power of Siberia ...http://www.gazprom.com/f/posts/74/805991/2013-12-18-map-sila-sib-en.jpg
*Russia/China Pipeline gas deal a nightmare for Ukraine and EU
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Russia-China gas deal is a nightmare for the Ukraine and European Union, because now Russia does not need the European market to sell its gas to avoid a budget deficit.
Currently there is one complete gas pipeline that runs throughout Russia to the Chinese border – the “Siberian Power” - which Gazprom broke ground on in 2007, 3 years after Gazprom and CNPC signed a strategic cooperation agreement in 2004. The pipeline stretches across Russia’s Far East (Dalini Vostok) and after extension to China, it will deliver gas near Beijing.So it appears this pipeline has been under construction for year already... and will be completed in 2018
Gas could be delivered via Vladivostok, Russia’s eastern port city on the Sea of Japan, or through the city of Blagoveshchensk, a landlocked city in the Amur region.
However, to finish the project for 2018 delivery, Gazprom and CNPC need to come to an agreement on how to finish the proposed portion of the pipeline into China, which could cost between $22-$30 billion, according to various estimates. Russia wants China to either pay or issue a loan for the project, which has been a delaying factor in talks. (Looks like they jumped that hurdle- which was not necessarily a price for oil hurdle or but was about this extension to avoid the Xianxang area and the inevitable Uighur attacks)
In 2009, Beijing and Moscow signed a deal that Gazprom would supply China with 30 billion cubic meters of gas a year by 2015, but via the Altai pipeline, which would deliver gas to China’s Western Xinjiang province. Russia stopped work on this project in 2013 and prioritized the “Power of Siberia” line. If and when both pipelines are activated, Russia could be pumping 68 billion cubic meters of gas annually to China without suspension in delivery for 30 years.