Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Demand for energy the cause of pain in Xinjiang

Insight - In China's Xinjiang, economic divide seen fuelling ethnic unrest | Reuters: "Resource-rich and strategically located on the borders of central Asia, Xinjiang is key to China's growing energy needs.

Estimates put Xinjiang's coal reserves at about 38 percent of the national total, while it already produces 13 of China's crude oil output and 30 percent of the country's natural gas.

..."China would like this to be an issue of separatism," the scholar said. "You can roll a tank in to solve a separatist issue. How do you ask the Chinese government to solve this kind of policy grievance without fundamentally reforming itself? It can't happen.""

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