digest: Smiley face & silver tongue lead the desperate U.S. juggernaut: massive campaign to destabilize Iran, and now China as U.S. divide - to - conquer - your - enemies 'engages' Russia, the other major capitalist rival threatening U.S. global dominance. Creating and manipulating 'ethnic violence' is U.S. standard tactic, evident from Iraq, Palestine and Iran to Africa
XINJIANG'S GEOSTRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:
Situated in the northwest of China, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was known in China as the Western Territory in ancient times. Its 1.66 million square kilometers represent about one-sixth of the total territory of the country, making it the largest of China's regions and provinces. Xinjiang also has the longest boundary among China's provinces and autonomous regions and shares 5,600 kilometers of frontier with Mongolia in the northeast, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the west, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in the southwest.
Xinjiang has large deposits of minerals and oil. Oil and gas extraction industry in Aksu and Karamay is booming, with the West–East Gas Pipeline connecting to Shanghai. The oil and petrochemical sector account for 60% of Xinjiang's local economy... (culled from several sites incl. wikipedia)
In his 1997 book “The Grand Chessboard ”, former national security advisor under the Carter administration and informal Obama advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski highlights the importance of Eurasia for global US primacy. Drawing heavily on Mackinder’s theory he states: