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Olympic torch arrives in China's Muslim northwest

June 20, 2008

Radio Taiwan International (RTI)
June 19, 2008

The Beijing Olympic torch has paraded through a key military post in
China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. Xinjiang is largely
populated by ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim minority group.

The relay on Thursday marked the final day that the torch passed
through Xinjiang. The torch's travels through Xinjiang and the
Tibetan regions of China are considered the most sensitive legs
because of simmering discontent among ethnic groups.

According to the Germany-based World Uighur Congress, an exile group
that advocates an independent East Turkestan in Xinjiang, China
stations up to 2.5 million soldiers there who largely act as a colonial force.
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