By Adrienne Mong, Originally published by: NBC News
March 19, 2010
But I also had a sense of trepidation.
The predominantly Muslim province has been an Internet-free zone since riots broke out last July between the ethnic Han Chinese and the minority Uighurs. Provincial authorities say 197 people died in clashes on the streets of Urumqi, the provincial capital, in one of China’s worst incidents of ethnic strife in recent memory.
So while everyone’s debating what a China without Google might look like if the Internet giant quits operations in the country, the 20 million-odd residents of Xinjiang province have had to contend without any Internet access for the past eight months.