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China raises Xinjiang death toll to 184

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China now says 184 people died in rioting in its far west where a tense calm now prevails amid a massive security presence. Authorities previously put the number of deaths at 156 after the Xinjiang region’s worst ethnic violence in decades.

Thousands of troops and police are on the streets of Urumqi, amid an ever-deepening divide between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese. One Han Chinese there said he was reassured by the scale of the deployment: “I am not too worried now. There are lots of security forces on patrol and this makes us less worried about things.” For the first time, Beijing has detailed the ethnicity of those killed in the rioting. It says 137 of those who died in the mayhem were Han Chinese, who form the majority of China’s population.