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Chinese Pioneers Being Asked to Relocate -- Once More

October 2, 2005

In the late 1970s, China dismantled Bingtuans from Tibet in the west to Hainan in the south. But the Bingtuan here remained. Beijing considered it too important a stabilizing force in an often restive region beset by ethnic tensions, said Nicolas Becquelin, a Xinjiang expert at Human Rights in China who is based in Hong Kong.

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