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The Xinjiang attacks-- a move on the Pakistan game board?

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On May 10th, 1999, Koenig's International News reported that the stations in Xinjiang were still operating as part of the infamous Echelon spy system.

Prominent leaders within the Uyghur separatist movement have been accused of being connected to the CIA

Erkin Alptekin-- an exiled Uyghur whose father participated in the 1930s secessionist movement in Western China-- moved to Munich in 1971 to become Senior Policy Advisor to the director of the US station "Radio Liberty", which at that time was still openly CIA funded.

In 2004 Alptekin founded the "World Uyghur Congress", serving as its founding president. The organization is based in Germany. Its presidency was taken over in 2006 by Rebiya Kadeer--a Uyghur businesswoman and an activist whose husband (Sidik Rouzi ) works for Radio Free Asia, which the Chinese have accused of being a CIA broadcast operation.

In regard to the latest attacks in Xinjiang, the U.S. would no doubt have the motivation to stir things up between China and Pakistan by posing as ETIM leadership and training the terrorists in Pakistan, weakening the relationship between the two countries in order to cool China's commitment to its neighbor.

However, Al Jazeera reported on August 5th that "experts" were questioning China's claims that the ETIM terrorists had actually been trained in Pakistan. Dru Gladney of the U.S. based Pacific Basin Institute said, "I don't think there is any reason to assume that any organization is orchestrating (the attacks). Barring any evidence, it's ridiculous to make such a claim."

One expert-- Gardner Bovingdon, a professor of Central Asian studies at Indiana University-- questioned whether or not the ETIM even still exists.

If their views are correct, we are left with yet another distinct possibility making the Chinese government as much a suspect of orchestrating the attacks as the United States.

In July 2009 protests in the city of Urumqi in Xinjiang turned into riots that resulted in the deaths of 197 people, while 1721 others were injured. Back at the time, some had speculated whether or not CIA had been involved in stirring up the conflict in an attempt to break-up China, largely due to the role of Rebiya Kadeer in the event and her perceived CIA connections (cited previously in this article). How the riot started is still unclear and Kadeer accused the Chinese police of using agent provocateurs to initiate the violence.

In 2008, just days before the Olympics kicked off in China, two (alleged) Uighur separatists plowed a truck into a large group of paramilitary officers in western China who were jogging, and then attacked the officers with machetes (similar to what happened a few weeks ago) and homemade explosives. 16 officers died.

Yet according to three foreign tourists who happened to witness the event, the two attackers were dressed in paramilitary uniforms themselves. The official story put out by the Chinese government mentions nothing about the attackers wearing uniforms, though one newspaper in Hong Kong--Ming Pao-- did, citing police officials as a source.

If the most recent attacks in Xinjiang were a false flag operation orchestrated by the Chinese government, what would they have to gain from it?

Simply put-- creating the unrest and claiming that the terrorists' training took place in Pakistan would serve the same ends that the United States hopes to achieve there. By citing the need to combat Uyghur separatists, a pretext is provided for the Chinese to justify a stronger military presence within Pakistan ahead of a U.S. invasion.

From the Asia Times, 8/10/11:

"According to well-informed intelligence circles in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, Pakistani military authorities are under mounting pressure from Beijing to establish military bases in the tribal areas of Pakistan to counter the anti-Chinese rebels purportedly operating from its soil.

"The Pakistan-based Chinese separatist movement is evidently such a matter of serious concern for Beijing that it has even asked Islamabad to allow it a military presence either in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province or in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Similar to the American presence in the country, this would enable Beijing to effectively counter Chinese separatists it believes are operating in the area."

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