Thursday, April 10, 2008

Language & Conflict: China Alleges Uighur Plot Broken Up

I only bring this up because little news about the (allegedly al-Qaeda linked) Uighur (alternative spellings Uyghur and Uygur) rebels in China's (formerly Sinkiang) Xinjiang province hits the US newsstands.

China alleges it has stopped anti-Western terrorist plans, scheduled to occur during the Olympic games, to be committed by 45 Uighur terrorists.

The Uighur are a people who speak an Altaic language, like Turkish or Mongolian.  Xinjiang was briefly, in 1933, a country called East Turkestan.  Chinese is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family.

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