IN a desolate park on the city outskirts here, oil bubbling from the ground fills small pools next to a wooden walkway. Beside one of the pools is a statue of a bearded ethnic Uighur man sitting on a donkey playing a lute.
The symbolism is telling. China is ramping up energy production here, turning the north-western Xinjiang region into a national hub for oil, gas and coal, while the increasingly marginalised Uighur people are memorialised in what appears to be a bronze homage to a romantic past.
China is investing more than ever in the vast, resource-rich Xinjiang region with the aim of bolstering oil extraction and refining, coal production, power generation, and natural gas production...