No terror attacks took place in restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province: China

Vastavam web: China today claimed that no terror attacks took place in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province last year due to heavy security crackdown but acknowledged that terrorists are still active there.Resource rich Xinjiang, bordering Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), and Afghanistan, is on the boil for years following unrest among Uyghur Muslims over the increasing settlements of Han Chinese from other provinces.A large number of youth who managed to move out of Xinjiang have reportedly fought along with ISIS in Syria.

China, which has extensively deployed its security forces, apprehends that they may return and cause further violence in the province.The Chinese military recently denied reports that it is in talks with Afghanistan to build a military base to counter infiltration of Uygur militants across the borders.”Xinjiang will continue to enforce the comprehensive anti-terrorism measures to keep the region stable,” Shohrat Zakir, chairman of Xinjiang said.

A series of new anti-terrorism measures have been introduced since Chen Quanguo was appointed as Party secretary of Xinjiang in August 2016, state-run China Daily reported.They included setting up a network of police stations in all cities and townships to quickly react to any emergencies.Zhu said while Xinjiang’s social situation has been stabilised, it is still in a phase in which terrorist activities are active. He warned that the fight against separatism and terrorism is a long-term one.

Maintaining social stability and long-term peace is the goal of Xinjiang, Zhu said.”Due to the complicated international situation, Xinjiang needs to continue to strengthen its anti-terrorism efforts. There is no room for slacking off,” Zhu said.China will take strict preventive measures against terrorist activities this year and see them firmly stamped out, Premier Li Keqiang said in this year’s Government Work Report.