Because of the ethnic violence in Xinjiang, President Hu Jintao has cut his trip in Italy short, abandoning plans to attend the G8 summit and rushing back to Beijing this morning. State Councilor Dai Bingguo will sub for him at the summit. At this point, none of China’s top leaders have come forward with statements about the incident yet, so it will be interesting to see what Hu has to say when he gets back. Meanwhile, Rebiya Kadeer of the World Uyghur Congress – who’s been categorically denying orchestrating any of the unrest – has a ton of things to say on China’s handling of the incident, including that 400 Uyghurs have died as a result of police shootings and beatings (according to her “inside” Uighur sources). Oh yeah, and Facebook’s been blocked.