A woman collects waste at a garbage dump site in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region November 1, 2013. China's claims that it is fighting an Islamist insurgency in energy-rich Xinjiang - a vast ... more 
A woman collects waste at a garbage dump site in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region November 1, 2013. China's claims that it is fighting an Islamist insurgency in energy-rich Xinjiang - a vast area of deserts, mountains and forests geographically located in central Asia - are not new. Since 2001 - a process that started arguably even before - China has conducted a sweeping security crackdown in Xinjiang, further repressing Uighur culture, religious tradition and language, rights groups say, despite strong government denials of offering the Uighurs anything but wide-ranging freedoms. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Martina (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ENVIRONMENT) less 
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