The Foreign Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for UK nationals travelling to the province of Xinjiang in western China, as ethnic violence between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese continues to escalate.

The FCO said: “To date, no British nationals have been affected, but you should avoid all areas where demonstrations are taking place, and be aware of heightened tensions and disruption to travel at this time. You should keep yourself informed of developments and regularly check this travel advice.”

According to reports, more than 1,400 people have been arrested and the Chinese government is deploying thousands of troops to the city of Urumqi.

On June 5, 140 people were killed in the violence and more than 800 were injured after rioting erupted in the city.


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