Chinese official touts softer line on restive west (AP) – 262th Edition

Zhang Chunxian, Communist Party chief of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, center, is mobbed by journalists after a briefing for the National People's Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Zhang, 58, was appointed Xinjiang Party chief in April last year, about nine months after the deadly riot rocked the region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)AP – The new Communist Party chief for China’s restive western region debuted a softer line on the remote area Tuesday, calling for less discrimination against its largely Muslim population and more initiatives to help win their trust and support.

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