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Hu has rushed home

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The violence has already caused President Hu Jintao to cut short a visit to Italy to attend the G8 summit.

About 20 million, representing 47 ethnic groups, live in China's vast Xinjiang region. The largest group is the 8.3 million ethnic Uighurs - an Islamic central Asian people.

Image: An ethnic Uighur woman stands on the side of the road as Chinese troops ride on a truck
Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters
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