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China’s State Media: Syria, US To Blame For Xinjiang Violence

Plus, a former vice premier may be under investigation by the CCP watchdog. Monday China links.

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China’s state media is alternatively blaming opposition forces in Syria and Turkey for the burst of violence in its Western Xinjiang Province that killed 35 people. A commentary piece in the People’s Daily has said that the U.S. encouraging the violence because it “fears a lack of chaos in China.” Interestingly, this commentary piece doesn’t appear on the English-language website.

Beijing has ordered a security crackdown—consisting of tanks and military vehicles—and 24-hour patrols in the region.

The EU Ambassador to China has asked for clarification on the causes of unrest in Xinjiang Province. "We do believe it is necessary to address the underlying causes of ethnic tensions in order to achieve lasting stability and prosperity," Markus Ederer, the ambassador said, the Associated Press reported.

According to China Want Times, there are reports circulating that former Vice Premier and Politburo member Hui Liangyu is under preliminary investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the CCP’s highest watchdog group.

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