And apparently, I'm not alone in observing how the Western media sees the region. Here is my Tweet from last Monday:
Breaking: Western media just replaced tired term "restive" to describe Xinjiang with soon-to-be tired term "volatile". @henrykszad
— Tamerlane's Thoughts (@TamerlaneBlog) June 30, 2013
And here is the first sentence of an article from The Atlantic two days ago:
"China's westernmost province, Xinjiang (technically an "autonomous region"), seldom appears in the Western media without the word "volatile" or "restive" attached to it...."