July 29, 2009
A Chinese diplomat says China appreciates what he calls the "moderate attitude" of the U.S. response to ethnic riots in China's oil-rich Xinjiang region.
Speaking in Washington, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya said Tuesday that U.S. officials also indicated that the U.S. position on violence involving Muslim minority Uighur residents was that it constituted a domestic affair of China.
The regional capital of Urumqi has been tense since rioting erupted on July 5 after police stopped a protest by Uighur residents. Uighurs demonstrators smashed windows, burned cars and beat Han Chinese -- the nation's dominant ethnic group. Two days later, the Han took to the streets and attacked Uighurs.