Muslim Violence Turns Deadly in Western China

Violence struck in Western China as Beijing prepares for this week’s opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. The attack occurred in the city of Kashgar, which is 2,500 miles from Beijing, and claimed the lives of 16 police. The violence is being blamed on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.

The organizing committee of the Olympics is reassuring athletes and spectators that they will be safe during the Games. Beijing will have an unprecedented amount of security on hand, including 100,000 police and soldiers on standby ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.

There are other problems besides violence facing this week’s Games. Hotel rooms are cutting prices due to lack of expected demand, thousands of prospective attendees have fallen prey to Internet ticket scams and Beijing’s famous smog is back after three days of clear weather.