In 2018, on this day rising violence on the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang threatened to escalate into a confrontation between the Great Powers.
Uighur UprisingThe flashpoint was the government handling of a clash between Han Chinese and Turkic-speaking Uighur factory workers in southern China. The Chinese government quickly blamed exiled separatists, arrested dozens and tried to curb information flow by stifling the Internet. Han Chinese armed with iron bars and machetes went looking for revenge on Uighurs. Yet the the underlying cause of the unrest most likely was long-standing economic, cultural and religious grievances that have built up among the Uighurs over decades of tight central rule.
The People's Republic of China (PRC) has denied oppressing religious minorities including both Buddhists and Muslims. The Islamic Republic of America has been repeatedly accused of external interference, with some evidence to suggest that weapons have been supplied from the Government in Seattle. Ironically, prominent Uighurs were incarcerated as terrorists at Guatanemo Bay prior to the second American Civil War 2015-17.