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Show of ethnic harmony at China legislature

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Wearing an embroidered cap signalling her Uighur ethnicity, Rehangul Yimir's presence in the Great Hall of the People symbolises Beijing's efforts to gloss over simmering frictions among its disparate peoples. 

A minority delegate from Guizhou Province stands with a military officer as they leave after the elections of the new vice premiers, foreign and defense ministers of China during the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 16, 2013.

According to official figures Xinjiang is 46 percent Uighur -- who speak a Turkic language and are mostly Muslim -- and 39 percent Han Chinese, after millions moved to the area in recent decades.

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