Xinjiang Fosters Mixed-Ethnic Living, Xinjiang Daily Says

China’s Xinjiang region is building a community where majority Han Chinese and ethnic Uighus can live together, the Xinjiang Daily newspaper reported, as the region grapples with tension between the groups.

The program, named Harmonious New Village, is being built in Hotan and has seen 6,700 applications for 600 spots so far, the newspaper reported yesterday. Farmer families of different ethnic groups will get a greenhouse, a yard and 0.33 hectares (0.8 acres) for each household, the newspaper said.

People of different ethnic groups are an important force to fight terrorism and maintain stability, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian said, according to the report.

China has waged a security crackdown in a bid to stifle what it calls a surge in terrorism in Xinjiang. A series of bomb and knife attacks in Xinjiang, Beijing and the southern city of Kunming, as well as clashes between police and ethnic Uighurs, have killed scores of people in recent months.

— With assistance by Haixing Jin

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