Uygur women wearing full face veils in Xinjiang, where the practice is becoming more commonplace. Photo: Imaginechina

Xinjiang burqa ban could 'spark unrest'

Authority's vote to prohibit the wearing of the Islamic garment in public could make it 'more popular as a symbol of resistance', expert warns

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Uygur women wearing full face veils in Xinjiang, where the practice is becoming more commonplace. Photo: Imaginechina
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.