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China’s Ethnic Tremors

An increasing number of Uighurs, Tibetans, and Mongolians in China are choosing to stand up to the Han Chinese authorities' decades-old policy of ethnic and economic colonization. Unless China does not reverse course, its internal-security problems will continue to mount.

NEW DELHI – In the face of spreading civil unrest among China’s Uighur population, the Chinese government’s love-fest with its all-weather ally, Pakistan, may be starting to sour. Indeed, the authorities in China’s Xinjiang province are charging that a prominent Uighur separatist that they captured had received terrorist training in Pakistan. No less embarrassing for Pakistan, the charge came while its intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, was holding talks in Beijing on securing greater Chinese support to blunt the growing U.S. pressure on Islamabad.