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Submitted by Sofia (United States), May 20, 2010 at 14:48

Very true, John. Even the top notch students in Xinjiang have an extremely hard time getting into the Chinese dominated universities. Forget getting any kind of top-notch job (or winning a beauty contest). When we traveled there in 2001, the Chinese were even re-naming historical sites that were Uighur & claiming them as part of Chinese history. Example: the tomb of one of the Khanates was claimed to be the tomb of one of the Chinese Emperor's concubines. Luckily, we could read the Persian Kufic script around the dome of the tomb, so we knew our Chinese guides were lying. That happened A LOT throughout the entire trip.

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