The situation is relatively calm in Urumqi,
the capital of China's Xinjiang region, days after bloody violence there left
more than 150 people dead.
For many people in Xinjiang's capital
Urumqi, life is slowly returning to normal.
Alison Klayman is a reporter
"The scene today was definitely people getting back to regular
life," Klayman told VOA. "There were many shopkeepers who were opening their
stores and people going back to work, for the first time since Sunday."
A demonstration in Urumqi on Sunday turned violent and deadly, after
mostly minority Uighur Muslim protesters clashed with Chinese security
Chinese authorities have rounded up more than 1,400 people on
suspicion of involvement in what they are calling an organized, premeditated and
severe criminal act of violence. Authorities say they will prosecute to the
fullest extent of the law - including capital punishment for the most serious
The Chinese government also has blamed foreign forces for
organizing the violence from afar and calls Uighur businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer,
who lives in exile in the United States, the top "mastermind."
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman
Qin Gang rejected Turkey's concerns that the issue should be discussed in the
United Nations Security Council.
Qin says there is no reason for the
Security Council to discuss events in Xinjiang because they are entirely China's
Instead, he urged the international community to support
the Chinese government's efforts to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity
and social stability.
Klayman says Chinese troops are out in force in
Urumqi, to help restore calm.
"There's still a very large military
presence, especially in Uighur areas, like the bazaar area, in the south of the
city," Klayman said. "Buses and trucks with troops surround that whole area,
groups of troops running around, making their presence very conspicuous. They
are shouting slogans, 'Protect the people. Protect the country. Save the
The clashes in Xinjiang have largely been between the Han
Chinese majority and the Uighur minority, a Turkic group that shares
similarities with peoples in Central Asia.
The Uighurs make up nearly
half of Xinjiang's 20 million people. They accuse the Chinese of discrimination
and repression. The Chinese government accuses them of seeking an independence