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Q&A Beattie / Clark / Hashim / Xinjiang / Uighurs


China Says It Has Detained Five More People And Seized Nearly Two Tons Of What It Calls Bomb-Making Material, Just Two Days After Announcing A One-Year Security Crackdown In The Western Xinjiang Region. Local Government Officials Tuesday Said Two Explosives-Producing Sites Were Also Destroyed In Monday's Raid. Sunday, State Media Quoted Authorities Claming To Have Caught More Than 200 Suspects From Nearly Two Dozen Terror And Religious Extemist Groups In May. Last Week, The Regional Capital, Urumqi, Was The Scene Of A Marketplace Attack That Killed 43 People And Wounded More Than 90. On April 30, Two Attackers Set Off Explosives And Slashed Passengers At An Urumqi Train Station, Killing One And Wounding 79. On March1, Eight Knife-Wielding Men Attacked Passengers At A Train Station In Yunnan Province Killing 29 People In What State Media Described As China's 9-11. China Has Blamed The Attacks On Uighurs, A Largely Muslim Ethnic Minority Group That Is Native To Xinjiang. Uighurs In China Complain Of Religious And Cultural Discrimination. Senior Resident Fellow Michael Clarke At Australia's Griffith Asia Institute Told VOA's Victor Beattie The Terrorists China Is Facing Are Likely Radicalized Uighurs, Although Outside Groups Cannot Be Discounted ... (Q&A Beattie / Clarke)... Clarke Says The One-Year Security Crackdown Will Likely Not Address What He Calls The Root Causes Of The Violence, Addressing The Question Of Why Elements Of The Uighurs Population Have Become Radicalized. Ahmed Salah Hashim, Associate Professor Of Strategic Studies At Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, Says China's Counterterrorism Response Thus Far Has Been Inadequate ... (Q&A Beattie / Hashim) .... 

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