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Xinhua Insight: At least 29 dead, 130 injured in Kunming railway station violence [Xinhua]

Posted in Beijing, China, Law enforcement, Xinjiang on March 2, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

KUNMING, March 2 (Xinhua) — Twenty-nine civilians were confirmed dead and more than 130 others injured Saturday in a railway station attack in southwest Chinese city of Kunming, authorities said.

Police have shot dead at least four attackers whose identities are yet to be confirmed and are hunting for the rest.

It was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack, according to the authorities.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged the law enforcement to investigate and solve the case of Kunming terrorist attack with all-out efforts and punish the terrorists in accordance with the law.

More than 10 terrorist suspects attacked people at the square and ticket hall of Kunming Railway Station at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, killing at least 28 civilians and injuring 113 others.

Xi stressed the careful rescue and treatment of the injured civilians and proper handling of the dead.

He called for full awareness of the grave and complicated situation of anti-terrorism and effective measures to crack down violent terrorist activities in all forms.

Xi has assigned officials, including Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Guo Shengkun, Chinese state councilor and minister of public security, to go to Yunnan to guide work and visit injured civilians and relatives of the victims.

Premier Li Keqiang asked relevant departments to catch and punish the terrorists, and public security departments at all levels to strengthen prevention and control measures to guarantee the safety of public places.

A Xinhua reporter on the spot said that injured people have been rushed to more than 10 local hospitals for treatment.

A doctor with the Kunming No.1 People’s Hospital told Xinhua over the phone that medical workers of the hospital are busy treating the injured.

According to Xinhua reporters at the hospital, a dozen of bodies were seen at the hospital. As of 0:00 a.m. Sunday, more than 60 victims in the attack have been sent to the hospital, emergency registration records showed.

Liu Chen, a 19-year-old student from Wuhan City of central China’s Hubei Province, was traveling in Yunnan. Liu and her friend were at the station for tickets to the tourism city of Lijiang when the attack suddenly happened.

“At first I thought it was just someone fighting, but then I saw blood and heard people scream, and I just ran,” Liu said.

Chen Guizhen, a 50-year-old woman, told Xinhua at the hospital that her husband Xiong Wenguang, 59, was killed in the attack.

“Why are the terrorists so cruel? ” moaned Chen, holding her husband’s blood-stained ID card in shaking hands.

The couple, both farmers from the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, bought Sunday tickets to the eastern province of Zhejiang for their new urban jobs and planned to stay over in the waiting room.

“I found his ID card on his body. I can’t believe he has just left me,” she cried.

Yang Haifei, a local resident of Yunnan, told Xinhua that he was attacked and sustained injuries on his chest and back.

Yang said he was buying a ticket when he saw a group of people rush into the station, most of them in black, and start attacking others.

“I saw a person come straight at me with a long knife and I ran away with everyone,” he said, adding that people who were slower were severely injured.

“They just fell on the ground,” he said.

At the guard pavilion in front of the station, three victims were crying. One of them named Yang Ziqing told Xinhua that they were waiting in the station square for a 10:50 p.m. train to Shanghai, but had to escape when a knife-wielding man suddenly came at them.

“My two town-fellows’ husbands have been rushed to hospital, but I can’t find my husband, and his phone went unanswered,” Yang sobbed…

…The latest violent terrorist attack that caused most civilian deaths happened in June last year in Lukqun Township of Turpan Prefecture in farwest [sic] China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

A total of 24 people were killed and 23 others were injured in the attack.

On October 28 last year, a jeep crashed at downtown Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square, causing five deaths and 40 injuries. Police found gasoline, two knives and steel sticks [sic] as well as a flag with extremist religious content in the jeep.

The police later identified the deadly crash as a violent terrorist attack.

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-03/02/c_133152792.htm

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Chinese defence paper warns of US “hegemonism” [World Socialist Website]

Posted in Afghanistan, Australia, China, CPC, Diaoyu Islands, Iraq, Japan, Libya, Nukes, Obama, Pentagon, PLA, Serbia, Syria, Taiwan, Tibet, US imperialism, USA, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia - former FRY on April 27, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By John Chan
20 April 2013

The Chinese defence ministry issued a major white paper on Tuesday, in what amounts to a response to the aggressive US “pivot” to Asia. Entitled, “The Diversified Employment of China’s Armed Forces,” the document warns of the danger of US “hegemonism.”

Confronted by the Obama administration’s efforts to undermine China strategically, as well as diplomatically and economically, Beijing is being forced to rethink its military doctrine, and prepare for a potential nuclear war instigated by Washington.

As part of the “pivot,” the Pentagon’s Air/Sea Battle strategy envisages a massive bombardment using conventional weapons of China’s basic command and communications infrastructure and missile forces to cripple the Chinese military. Aided by key allies such as Japan and Australia, the US would blockade the Chinese mainland by cutting key shipping routes through South East Asia for energy and raw materials from Africa and the Middle East.

For the first time, Beijing’s latest white paper stresses the protection of China’s maritime territories, overseas investments and shipping routes. “With the gradual integration of China’s economy into the world economic system, overseas interests have become an integral component of China’s national interests,” it states. “Security issues are increasingly prominent, involving overseas energy and resources, strategic sea lines of communication (SLOCs), and Chinese nationals and legal persons overseas.”

Without naming the US, the paper refers to a country that “has strengthened its Asia-Pacific military alliances, expanded its military presence in the region, and frequently makes the situation tenser.” Japan, the principal US Asian ally, is specifically accused of “making trouble” over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkakus islands in the East China Sea.

The paper points to “signs of increasing hegemonism… and neo-interventionism.” This is a reference to the repeated military interventions led by the US, in particular since the late 1990s, from the bombing of Serbia to the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, the violent toppling of the Libyan regime in 2011, and the mounting intervention in Syria.

The paper also nominates threats to China’s “national unification.” Among them are “terrorism, separatism and extremism”—that is, separatist movements among national minorities such as Tibetans and Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims that could be exploited by the US and other imperialist powers. At the same time, the paper warns that “Taiwan independence” forces and their activities are still “the biggest threat to the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.”

China continues to maintain a large military presence along its coastline facing Taiwan, including hundreds of thousands of Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) troops and an estimated 1,000 tactical ballistic missiles. The Obama administration, although aware of the extreme sensitivity of China’s claims over Taiwan as its integral territory, has begun selling billions of dollars of weapons to Taiwan. The US is also including Taiwan in its Asia-Pacific anti-ballistic missile network, which is part of the Pentagon’s preparations for a potential nuclear war against China.

The white paper refers to the first ever large-scale overseas evacuation mounted by China. During the Libyan war in 2011, some 35,860 Chinese nationals were pulled out with the assistance of Chinese warships and air force transport planes. As a result of the US- and European-led “regime change” operation, billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese investments were lost in Libya.

Yue Gang, a former officer in the PLA General Staff, noted on Sina.com that China has huge economic interests at stake. Total Chinese investment overseas has reached $US500 billion, and is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. He said 81 million Chinese travelled overseas each year, half a million seamen were working around the world, and China operated a merchant fleet of 3,300 ships—the fourth largest in the world. As 55 percent of China’s energy production depended on imports and 93 percent of its exports relied on sea shipment, protecting China’s maritime routes was a vital question.

Yue noted that China’s military had only begun to face these tasks and lacked sufficient aircraft carriers or amphibious assault ships, as well as large transport planes capable of the “strategic lifting” of forces to distant regions.

In an effort to counter the mounting US threat, China’s military spending has steadily risen during the past decade, from $20 billion in 2002 to $114 billion this year. China has made some breakthroughs in military equipment. It is testing two prototype stealth fighters, the only nation to do so, apart from the US.

However, the US military budget of more than $680 billion dwarfs China’s. Moreover, the US possesses more than 5,100 nuclear warheads, compared to China’s estimated 240-400. The US has 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, while the Chinese navy has just one conventionally-powered carrier, and will take years to form a functional battle group with warplanes and escort warships. The US also has military bases and alliances throughout Asia and around the world.

The US media has focused on the fact that the white paper makes no mention of China’s long-standing “no first use” nuclear warfare policy. Beijing’s longstanding pledge not to launch a first nuclear strike has been reiterated in all previous defence white papers. Its omission from the latest indicates deep concerns that the US is developing the capacity to knock out China’s entire nuclear arsenal.

The US has never relinquished its “first strike” nuclear war doctrine. Moreover, it is clearly constructing the anti-ballistic missile systems to enable it to invoke that doctrine with impunity, by neutralising any Chinese counter-attack with nuclear weapons.

The Chinese white paper is another sign that Beijing is being compelled to respond to the Obama administration’s “pivot” that is aimed at preventing China from becoming a future threat to American global domination. Washington’s aggressive policies have dangerously inflamed flashpoints in Asia such as the Korean Peninsula and are fuelling an arms race throughout the region that can only lead to conflict and war.

Article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/20/chin-a20.html

“China-Japan relations tolerate no double-dealing” – Insult of Japan hosting NED-supported Kadeer and ‘World Uyghur Congress’ [People’s Daily]

Posted in Beijing, China, Japan, National Endowment for Democracy, south Korea, USA, Xinjiang on May 17, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Zheng Xiwen (People’s Daily)
May 17, 2012

Edited and Translated by People’s Daily Online

With strong instigation of the right-wing force, Japanese government had openly allowed the “World Uyghur Congress” to convene the so-called “Fourth Representative Conference” in Japan on May 14, giving the green light for such anti-China separatists as Rebiya Kadeer and Dolkun Isa. With the leading of Japanese right-wing politicians, these anti-China separatists also visited the Yasukuni Shrine. Japan advocates to strengthen the public opinion basis to develop the bilateral relations on one hand but on the other hand it connives to the acts that seriously damage mutual political trust. Such a behavior has aroused strong indignation among Chinese people.

The Japanese government did all the sophistries to shirk its responsibility, saying that it cannot intervene in the normal political activities; it is lawful to hold the “Fourth Representative Conference of the World Uyghur Congress” and visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Japan; Japan cannot prohibit these anti-China separatists’ entry because they held valid documents. All of these are obvious excuses. The behavior of Japan not only seriously hurt the feelings of Chinese people but also damaged its own international image.

Japan must know that the “World Uyghur Congress” is an anti-China separatist group. It often provokes the national antagonism in China and had participated in the planning of a series of terrorist activities…Interpol had issued the red arrest warrant to its key leaders. The group can be [called[ notorious. In order to please extreme Japanese right-wing members and create tension to China-Japan relations, the “World Uyghur Congress” members visited the Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines the class-A war criminals that had launched militarism aggression against China and slaughtered numerous Chinese people.

To such a vicious organization, Japan should stick to principles and keep the most basic sense of right and wrong, rather than join them and provide stage for them to make troubles. It is said that the meeting of anti-China separatists was also supported by the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.

Currently, the East Asian cooperation is in the ascendant and the world has paid more attention to the development of the Asia-Pacific region. The fifth meeting of the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea has just ended in Beijing. They decided to sign a three-country investment agreement and the negotiation of three-country free trade zone will be launched in 2012, all of which indicate a bright future of East Asian cooperation.

However, the lack of mutual political trust between China and Japan has brought negative influence to China-Japan cooperation. For example, compared with the China-ROK cooperation, the earlier China-Japan cooperation began lagging behind. Therefore, Japan should rethink profoundly and correct their wrong acts to strengthen the mutual trust and mutual beneficial China-Japan cooperation.

China hopes that Japan, which was the first to open the process of modernization in East Asia, can see clearly the trend of the world, conform to the development and change of times, make right judgment and choices and create a better environment for the China-Japan relations.

Read the Chinese version: 发展中日关系不能面上合作背后使绊 [for link, go to below address]

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90883/7819869.html

“China dissatisfied with Japan’s allowance of separatist meeting” – Kadeer and ‘World Uygur Congress’ honor Nipponese war criminals [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Japan, Xinjiang on May 16, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) — China on Monday expressed “strong dissatisfaction” regarding Japan’s decision to allow a Chinese separatist group to hold a meeting in the country.

The so-called World Uygur Congress, which has links with various terrorist organizations, is a thoroughly anti-China separatist organization, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a press conference when asked to comment on the group’s Monday meeting.

Xinjiang-related issues are considered to be part of China’s internal affairs and the country will not accept outside interference, Hong said.

China asks Japan to respect China’s requests, take measures to eradicate any negative impact and safeguard the overall state of China-Japan relations, he said.

On Monday, several members of the group visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, where Japanese soldiers, including World War II war criminals, are honored, Hong said.

“Anti-China separatists from the World Uygur Congress have colluded with Japan’s right-wing forces and exposed their political determination to separate their homeland and undermine China-Japan relations,” Hong said.

Hong described the shrine as a symbol of Japan’s invasion history.

“The clumsy activities of those people will be spurned by Chinese people all over the world, including ethnic Uygurs,” Hong said.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-05/14/c_131587514.htm

China’s Xinjiang herders face five year ban on grazing [China Daily]

Posted in China, Economy, Education, Employment, Environmental protection, Tourism, Xinjiang on August 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

HAMI, Xinjiang – In a bid to protect eight key scenic spots in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, pasturing is now banned for five years, according to the regional animal husbandry bureau.

The five-year-long “returning grazing land to grassland” project, which began this year, covers 100,000 hectares of grassland in eight key scenic spots, including Kanas and Tianshan Tianchi, said Zhao Xinchun, chief specialist of pasturage at Xinjiang Animal Husbandry Bureau.

Local herdsmen are being compensated for their loss of grazing and get an annual subsidy of 750 yuan ($116.5) per hectare of grassland.

According to Zhao, the pasturing ban is “urgently required”, as long-term overgrazing has caused severe degradation of the grassland and a marked decline in its herd-carrying capacity.

Uyoup, a traditional Uygur herdsman at the Baishitou scenic spot in eastern Xinjiang’s Hami prefecture, has seen firsthand how the grassland has degraded over the past 30 years.

“The grass was more than 1-meter tall 20 years ago. But it has become shorter and shorter with the increase in population and livestock,” he told China Daily in front of his yurt, which was about 1 kilometer away from the scenic spot’s entrance.

The 35-year-old herder raised 200 sheep in 2005, but now has only 30 sheep and four cows in his contracted two-hectares of grassland.

“The government does not allow us to raise cattle on the pasture, and nearly 98 percent of herders have been relocated,” he said.

Together with his wife and parents, the herder also runs a small entertainment business offering traditional food, yurt accommodation, and horse riding for visitors.

Uyoup’s family has lived on the grassland for five generations and he said that he doesn’t think he can make a living without pasture and cattle.

“Business is quite good. We can earn 50,000 yuan a year. But I can’t help worrying about the future,” he said. “Although I am reluctant to leave my pasture, I understand the government’s activity and will make my own effort to protect the grassland,” he said, adding he will move out in October.

Over 200 herding households in Baishitou township have moved out and there are now only five herding households left.

The local government has offered public welfare posts in the city of Hami for herders who stop grazing and want to relocate. Each herder who gets a post will receive a monthly wage of 1,050 yuan.

The local government has also built free 50-square-meter apartments for each family, as well as providing them with 0.47 hectares of land to cultivate fodder.

“In the past, my five-member family used to earn 15,000 yuan a year herding 200 steers. But now, my wife and I work as cleaners in Hami and we earn nearly 3,000 a month,” said Toleku, a former herder who moved out of the scenic spot at the beginning of 2011.

“To be frank, I still can’t get accustomed to the new urban life. But living in the city is much more convenient than on the pasture. My three children will receive a better education in the city,” said the 45-year-old Uygur man.

The 100,000 hectares of grassland in the eight key scenic spots are the main summer herding areas as well as the key sightseeing spots in Xinjiang. And this year, the regional government has granted 180 million yuan to different pastures around Xinjiang to implement the ‘returning grazing land to grassland’ project, said Zhao.

Article link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-08/01/content_13019040.htm

Blood stains the Silk Road [Global Times / People’s Daily]

Posted in Afghanistan, China, India, Pakistan, Police, Russia, Xinjiang on August 14, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

August 05, 2011

Terrorists who spilled blood and bombed a building last month have again shaken Uyghur and Han residents in two cities along the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

In Kashi, also known as Kashgar, the blood has been cleaned and damaged buildings have boarded up. The suspects of the violence have been arrested or killed. Recovering victims are wondering what triggered the random attacks and their anger is tinged with deep sadness.

Heavy security now blankets both Kashi, the westerly terminus of China’s Silk Road, and the city of Hotan, a border town with Pakistan about 500 kilometers down the Silk Road.

Last weekend, in Kashi, just before the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, terrorists hijacked a car and used it as a weapon to run down pedestrians. They also set fire to a restaurant and hacked people to death. At least 14 civilians were murdered and 40 injured, mostly Han people. Eight of the 10 rioters were killed by police.

Two weeks prior, a police station in Hotan came under a coordinated attack by 18 Uyghurs armed with knives and explosives. They killed four people including two women. The police shot and killed 14 attackers and arrested four others.

The local government said religious extremists, led by militants and trained in overseas terrorist camps, were behind the attacks that targeted Han people.

“Captured suspects confessed that their leaders had earlier trained in Pakistan and joined the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the Kashi government said on its website.

“The intention behind the terror attacks was to sabotage inter-ethnic unity and harm social stability, provoking ethnic hatred and creating ethnic conflicts,” the Web posting said.

The Germany-based separatist group, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) immediately capitalized on news of the attack with a different story and a demand for an independent investigation.

A WUC spokesman said that 20 Uyghur people were killed and 12 injured, including three who are still in critical condition.

Authorities in Xinjiang have dismissed this version of events.

* Xinjiang borders eight countries *

The vast Xinjiang region makes up one-sixth of China’s total territory. It borders Pakistan, Russia, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

The region is home to multiple ethnic groups; by far the largest ethnic minority is Muslim Uyghur.

About 80 percent of the 600,000 residents in Kashi are Muslim Uyghurs.

The Secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Kashi Committee, Zhang Jian, said the city has long been targeted by terrorists, with 350 attacks resulting in 60 deaths of government officials and civilians since the 1990s.

The conflicts in Xinjiang mainly revolve around tensions between ethnic Han people, who make up more than 95 percent of the country’s population, and Uyghur, who often look, speak and worship differently.

A mixture of poverty, unemployment and miscommunication has fueled the divide.

While the violence has made headlines at home and abroad, the Kashi government is determined to focus on the region’s continued economic development. City officials believe economic prosperity will fill the apparent vacuum and leave no space for unrest and extremism.

“The violence has seriously affected economic development and social order in the city, but normal life has returned and people are going about their business,” Maimaitiming Baikeli, Kashi’s mayor, said during a news conference.

Despite assurances of a return to normalcy, a Global Times reporter of Han descent encountered stares and glares from Uyghur people as he walked through the crowded Grand Bazaar market in Hotan.

The reporter’s treatment at the market’s police station, which was attacked on July 18, was harsher. “You go where you are led, or stay in your hotel. It’s dangerous here,” warned a police officer who also required the reporter delete the one photograph he had taken of the police station.

* Tense atmosphere *

In Kashi a silent tension also hangs in the air. People go about their daily life but the presence of heavily armed police and armored cars dampens the spirit.

A number of checkpoints have been set up and people are required to show their ID cards as they enter or leave the city. A nighttime curfew remains in force downtown.

Two days after the violence on July 31, vendors working the city’s downtown Xiangxie Street, where attackers stormed a restaurant, killed the owner and a waiter and set it on fire, are still haunted by the horrible memory.

* Run like a mad cat *

“When I saw them stabbing people, I immediately ran away like a mad cat,” a witness, Ma Jun said, adding that he later helped lead police to the scene.

He thinks the attack was well planned. “Look carefully. The restaurant is located at the end of the street and the doors are blocked by merchandise. Once they started killing, there was nowhere to run,” he added.

Some Uyghur seem indifferent to the heavy security, which they don’t see as being here to protect them. “We feel safe with the presence of the police,” said Abuduweili who runs a bookstore near the Id Kah Mosque. “But without them, we also feel safe,” he quickly added.

* Preferential policies *

Along with the government’s economic prosperity programs, it has enacted preferential policies and regulations favoring minorities. They are allowed to have more than one child, they benefit from affirmative action programs that make it easier to enter universities and allowances are made for language differences.

Yet the policies have not been a panacea for the region. Some say they are unfair and inherently discriminatory, while others suggest they don’t go nearly far enough in addressing apparent inequities.

While Xinjiang’s economy booms, an increasing number of Han people are moving to the region, leading some Uyghur to say they’re being shut out of the best opportunities. Some Han people meanwhile resent being excluded from social programs or having to pay taxes that support special privileges for Uyghur.

“The local Han and the Uyghur have been living together for a very long time and there’s no reason why we should favor one over the other,” said Ma Dazheng, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Making university entrance exams easier for Uyghur “is a good example of how affirmative action starts with good intentions but fails to make almost no one content,” said Ma.

Yet many experts believe chronic unemployment among Xinjiang’s college graduates is a threat to the region’s long-term stability and development.

The Xinjiang government will start another program this September that it hopes will make a positive difference. It plans to send 10,000 unemployed college graduates, mostly Uyghur who finished school after 2002, to 19 provinces and municipalities to receive job training in universities and with companies.

Despite the government’s apparent good intentions at social engineering and its belief that education and improved living standard will fill a void, the region is a roiling cauldron filled with historic grievances and imported rage from the extremist Muslim world.

* Never ending sabotage *

“Terrorist groups such as the WUG and ETIM, as well as separatist groups within China, have never stopped sabotaging attempts to improve things,” said Li Wei, director of the Anti-Terrorism Institute at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

The 18 Uyghur men who attacked the police station in Hotan were reported to have spoken with an accent unfamiliar in Xinjiang. They also were reported to have raised a “jihadist flag” on the roof of the station. The attacks in Kashi were said to be linked to terrorist groups in Pakistan.

“Due to their religious and linguistic connections, some Uyghur are at risk of being influenced by terrorist groups such as ETIM,” said Pan Zhiping, director of the Institute of Central Asia at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences.

Yet many experts suggest that language and religion are not the only issues. In an office in Hotan’s Nu’erbage district, 67-year-old Dawuti Aji of the Aitilaisi Mosque agreed that life for the elites of Uyghur society has significantly improved. The employment and living standards of Muslims visiting his mosque, he said, are “just so so,” before steering the conversation to another topic during a talk with journalists.

Maimaitiabula Rouzituohati, a young Uyghur teacher at school, said joblessness makes Uyghur vulnerable to extremist teachings. “There were some underground Koran classrooms, where separatism was spread to younger people.”

Director Pan takes a much stricter view of the issue and blames national leaders for not being tough enough. “Many religious leaders with separatist ideas were wrongly released after the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) and became leaders of separatism movement,” he said.

A lot of often-used rhetoric can also be heard from government officials in Xinjiang, who are charged with protecting lives and sovereignty.

Zhang Chunxian, Party secretary of Xinjiang, had this to say while announcing another crackdown on religious extremism following the recent attacks.

“We will resolutely combat religious extremists and curb illegal religious activities,” Zhang warned, adding that the “people of Xinjiang should recognize that terrorists are the ‘common enemy of all ethnic groups.”

Zhang’s tough talk is supported by Juma Tayir, the Imam at the Id Kah mosque, who told reporters Muslim extremists don’t represent Islam. “Islam doctrines exhort peace and solidarity. We are firmly against illegal religious activities and acts that split the motherland,” he said.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/102780/7561065.html

Mobs attack Xinjiang police station [China Daily]

Posted in China, Law enforcement, Xinjiang on July 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

2011-07-18

BEIJING – Police gunned down several rioters after they attacked a police station in Hotan of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, sources with the Ministry of Public Security said on Monday.

Rioters rushed into the police station, took hostages and set fire to the station, according to the ministry. A member of the armed police, a security personnel and two hostages were killed during the ordeal, the ministry added.

The police quickly converged on the scene and shot a number of rioters while freeing six hostages, the ministry said, adding that the injured are currently hospitalized.

The national counter-terrorism office of China has dispatched a working team to Xinjiang.

Article link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-07/18/content_12928422.htm