China suppresses Muslim minority with brutal force

The Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu province in northwest China shares common borders with several Muslim nations, including Pakistan, Tadzhikistan, Kirgiziya and Kazakhstan, so it is understandable that the Uighur minority there is Muslim.
The Uighurs have been rioting to protest being treated as second class citizens. At least 156 people have been killed by Chinese troops called in to quell the riots — and take sides with the Han Chinese against the Uighur minority.
A student of the region, Russell Leigh Moses, who is writing a book on the way China uses police and military power to rule, warns that China “always wins” against those who rebel against the government, whether it be the students in Beijing, the monks of Tibet or, in this case, the Muslims of Xinjiang.
They win because they don’t hesitate to make their point against their own citizens with bullets, tanks and helicopter gunships.
What is going on in Xinjiang is that Han Chinese have moved in to take the best jobs and run the most profitable businesses by exploiting their connections with the Communist government and the prejudices the majority harbors against the Muslim minority.
The United States has no chips in this game. There is no talk in Washington of taking sides, although the brutal suppression of the Uighurs has been condemned.
But Washington should watch carefully as this unequal struggle plays out and take good notes. The nature of a man reveals itself most clearly in the way he treats the powerless under his control. The same may be said of a nation. Brutal, ruthless, domineering and intolerant are the first adjectives that come to mind. Jot them down for future reference.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.