Western China - home to a Muslim Uighur minority and ethnic Tibetans - has been rocked by violence in recent months. Chinese authorities are keeping reporters out of the area.
China accused a Muslim separatist group that they say trained in Pakistan for a series of weekend attacks in Xinjiang. Locals counter that the violence is homegrown.
The president of the World Uighur Congress calls on China's government to end policies of repression against Uighurs in Western China.
Authorities blocked an Afghan plane from landing Sunday in Xinjiang, a predominantly Uighur region. They cited a bomb threat, but none was found.
China takes a page from its "stop the Lama" playbook as it tries to prevent lobbying by Uighur nationalist.
Sweden arrested Uighur exile Babur Mehsut last month on charges of 'refugee espionage.'
The Monitor spoke with the exiled mother figure for China's Uighurs about the deadly riots, independence, and China's use of the label of 'terrorist.'
Rebiya Kadeer is a petite, successful businesswoman, who now lives in exile in Virgina.
Police established a curfew Tuesday, as 20,000 security forces roamed the streets. Internet connections have also been cut to prevent the violence from 'spreading.'