Seven 'terrorists' shot dead in China | "Asian Spring" |
A police operation to free hostages in restive Xinjiang Province left seven...


Fears over cross-boarder terrorism playing a bigger role in the backlash against what many see as China's cultural genocide policy in Xinjiang, are on the rise.

The vast remote province is highly valued by Beijing because of its natural resources, and the province is also becoming increasingly used as a transport and pipeline route into neighbouring states in south and central Asia where China has made huge investments to tap natural gas and oil supplies.

These deals – and this week's earlier announcement that China is to drill for oil in Afghanistan – is seen by some analysts as raising China's profile as a legitimate target among extremists angry at Beijing's treatment of its Muslim nationals.