Xi Urges Opposition against Words, Actions Damaging Ethnic Unity
    2014-03-05 10:37:38     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Wang


 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a new call for "resolute opposition" to any action that might damage the country's ethnic unity.

The comments come on the heels of Saturday's terrorist attack in Kunming which left 29 people dead and 143 others injured.

CRI's Su Yi has more.

Reporter: Xi Jinping has made the comments while sitting-in on a panel discussion with members ethnic minority groups at the ongoing sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference here in Beijing.

"Unity and stability are blessings, while secession and turmoil are disasters. People of all ethnic groups in the country should cherish ethnic unity and resolutely oppose any words or actions that damage the country's ethnic unity. The tradition of all ethnic groups in China of 'breathing the same air and sharing the same fate' should be handed down from generation to generation. We need to maintain a 'wall of bronze and iron' for ethnic unity, social stability and national unity."

Xi Jinping is also urging the government to do "everything possible" to improve the livelihoods of China's ethnic minority groups and ethnic areas.

Eyumer Yimin is an ethnic Uyghur and CPPCC member from Xinjiang.

"The cruel attack against innocent civilians completely exposes the terrorists' nature of being anti-human and anti-social. We must stand firmly on the frontline of anti-separatism and resolutely maintain ethnic unity and social stability."

National political advisors have paid silent tribute to the victims at the start of this year's annual meetings.

The Kunming municipal government also held a memorial service Tuesday evening for the victims, with mourners holding vigils around a sculpture of a bronze bull near the train station, laying white chrysanthemums and candles.

Saturday's attack was carried out by a group of as many as 10 attackers armed with knives, randomly attacking passengers at Kunming's main train station.

The terrorist attack has prompted wide-spread international condemnation.

For CRI, I'm Su Yi.

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