WH 'Deeply Concerned' Over Violence in China

At least 150 people have been killed and more than 800 injured in China's western Xinjiang province today after rioting broke out between ethnic Muslim Uighurs and members of China's Han majority. Asked for his reaction during the presser today in Moscow, President Obama declined to comment, telling reporters he didn't want to say anything until he had been fully briefed. Hours later, administration officials still aren't saying much. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just issued an official statement on behalf of the administration, basically repeating a no comment. "We are deeply concerned over reports of many deaths and injuries from violence in Urumqi in western China," Gibbs said in a written statement. "Reports, so far, are unclear about the circumstances surrounding the deaths and injuries, so it would be premature to comment or speculate further. We call on all in Xinjiang to exercise restraint." The violence has been watched very closely here in Moscow, as the fighting is centered near China's border with Russia.