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China's remote Xinjiang region, hit by violence that officials say has left scores dead, has seen a recent surge in unrest involving ethnic Uyghurs.

The Uyghurs are a mainly Sunni Muslim group found throughout Xinjiang, a vast and arid territory that straddles the ancient Silk Road trading route and forms China's western borders with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

With a distinct culture and Turkic-based language, Uyghurs are guaranteed equal rights and limited autonomy under China's constitution, however ethnic tensions run deep. Some Uyghurs feel threatened by the steady influx of migrants from China's overcrowded east. Read full article »

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