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China: the repression against the Uighurs

Xinjiang, or Chinese Turkestan as it was once known, has been a Chinese sphere of influence for many centuries. Lying to the west of China, it was through the oases cities that the silk route to the West ran. It was fought over by different Chinese dynasties in their wars with the Xiongnu tribal confederacy to the north, and then with successor steppe empires.

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