Hong Kong based analyst Li Yi believes China’s policy for ethnic minorities is the root cause of violence in Xinjiang, including the most recent needle stabbing of hundreds.
The CCP’s preferential treatment of ethnic minorities provides a venue for expressing resentment by the Uyhgurs, who dislike the government’s political suppression and economic exploitation.
The Han Chinese feel they are the victims of reverse discrimination. They often feel unprotected by the government during ethnic conflicts.
Many people realized that the botched policy is the culprit and call for the ousting of Xinjiang’s hardline Party secretary, Wang Lequan.
Source: Apple Daily, September 4, 2009 (URL indirectly from Wenxuecity.com)