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[News] President Hu Jintao Return China and May Visit Urumqi- The Violence Hit Xinxiang Province

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The violence forced President Hu Jintao to cut short a trip to Italy where he was to take part in a Group of Eight (G-8) summit — an unprecedented move by a Chinese leader. He is expected to visit the Urumqi approximatly 4 hours flight from Beijing.

The government responded to the violence by pouring columns of troops into the far-flung, oil-rich province. Earlier in the week, the official Xinhua News Agency reported that more than 20,000 armed police, special police, firefighters and troops had been dispatched to quell the unrest.
Communist Party chief Li Zhi told a televised news conference that “To those who committed crimes with cruel means, we will execute them,” he said, adding government forces would crack down on any security risk. He did not elaborate.

It was not known how many Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gers) and Han Chinese died or who was behind their deaths. Li would not say how many of the 156 dead were Han — the majority ethnicity in China — and how many were Uighurs — a largely Muslim minority.

Li said both groups were responsible for the violence. “The small groups of the violent people have already been caught by police. The situation is now under control.”

Public Security Minister Meng Jiangzhu repeated the government’s accusations that the unrest was masterminded by overseas separatist groups. China has specifically accused U.S.-exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer and her overseas followers of being behind the violence. She has denied the allegations and accused China of inciting the violence among Urumqi’s 2.3 million residents. source

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