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Restive Xinjiang region needs 'ethnic healing', says Chinese media

Published on Dec 17, 2013 11:41 AM
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A group of Uighur women outside a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, in November 2013. Two policemen and 14 members of the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority were killed in a clash region near Kashgar on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - China's state-run media on Tuesday called for "ethnic healing" in the restive Xinjiang region, a day after two policemen and 14 members of the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority were killed in a clash.

The unusually conciliatory editorial in the Global Times newspaper urged the authorities to encourage travel to the region and to recruit more Uighur police.

Measures should also be taken to ensure that Uighurs "are made to believe that they are trusted members of the Chinese populace", said the newspaper, which is close to China's ruling Communist Party and often takes a hardline stance.

"Winning the hearts of the public in sensitive areas has decisive significance," the paper wrote, adding that "the whole country should be dedicated to dissolving the estrangement" between Uighurs and China's Han majority.

 
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