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China Risks a Backlash to Secure a Western Buffer

Oct 12, 2018 | 10:30 GMT
This April 19, 2015, photo shows Uighur men gathering for afternoon prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang could result in U.S. sanctions.

This April 19, 2015, photo shows Uighur men gathering for afternoon prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang. China's crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang could result in U.S. sanctions.

(GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing has loudly proclaimed that its "anti-extremism" campaign involving Xinjiang's Uighurs is an internal matter. Now, however, the United States is considering whether to slap sanctions on China over the matter....

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