Chinese Uygur men play chess in the city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province. Photo: AFP

China pushes for Putonghua and cultural ‘blending’ to boost stability in Xinjiang

Zhang Chunxian, Xinjiang’s party boss, says region is like a chessboard and its southern area a 'crucial chess piece' in Beijing's fight against terrorism and threats to peace

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Chinese Uygur men play chess in the city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province. Photo: AFP
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