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China Firmly Curbs Terrorist Crimes in Xinjiang: White Paper
   2015-09-24 19:22:44    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: wangweiwei

Xuekerat Zakir, governor of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region displays the White Paper on ethnic equality, unity and development in Xinjiang at a press conference in Beijing on September 24, 2015. [Photo: china.org.cn]

A White Paper released by the Chinese government on Thursday says the system of maintaining ethnic unity and social stability in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been successful over the past six decades despite challenges. It also stresses the need to continue the fight against the three forces of separatism, extremism and terrorism.

Our reporter Wang Wei has more.


Xuekerat Zakir, governor of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, says the regional government is resolved to stop the violence in the western Chinese region.

"Violent and terrorist crimes go against humanity, society and civilization. It is recognized worldwide as excrescences which we will resolutely cracked down on in accordance with the law. We will not condone such crimes to exist in our country, in our hometown. We will firmly curb such crimes to maintain social stability."

According to the white paper, since the 1990s, three forces - ethnic separatism, religious extremism, and violent terrorism - have led to a series of incidents involving terror and violence in Xinjiang, and elsewhere.

These incidents include explosions, assassinations, poisonings, arson, assaults and riots, and have caused great loss of life, and the destruction of property, affecting innocent civilians from all ethnic groups.

Zakir has noted that all ethnicities in Xinjiang have now involved themselves in combating terrorism, safeguarding stability, and countering extremism in the region.

"We have been making constant efforts in Xinjiang for many years in strengthening rule of law. And we have come up with many effective ways to punish violent terrorist crimes and promote social development. For instance, the activities themed "anti-violence, rule of law and order" have been carried out to arouse the awareness of people in Xinjiang."

The white paper reveals that the public security agencies in Xinjiang are on high alert of signs of violent attacks and terrorism, and respond with the utmost severity.

Meanwhile, the autonomous region has always pursued the policy of freedom of religious belief, protecting normal religious activities.

Zakir continues to highlight that proper handling of cultural differences can wipe out potential conflicts and ensure social stability.

"Xinjiang is a place with multi ethnics and various cultures. If we don't handle the cultural issues properly, it may escalate to conflicts or may cause collisions. That is why we say cultural issues should be solved through cultural solutions."

The white paper noted that Xinjiang has been home to people of many of Chinese ethnic groups and that the system of ethnic regional autonomy in the region is a measure that accords with the situation in China and with the realities in Xinjiang.

The white paper was released to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

For CRI, I'm Wang Wei.กก



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