China Sets up Anti-terror Groups Nationwide
    2014-05-28 10:59:31         Web Editor: Luo Dan


New anti-terrorism working groups are being set up in different places across China as part of the government's new year-long crackdown on terrorism.

CRI's Cao Yuwei has more.

The localized anti-terrorism working groups are now being established on the provincial levels in places such as Guangdong, Yunnan and Jiangxi, among others.

This follows directives from the central government's anti-terrorism group, which was established last August.

Fu Xiaoqiang is with The China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.

"At the bequest of the central government, local governments are being told to pay more attention to anti-terrorism work. At the district level, these groups will be helpful in implementing the central government's anti-terrorism policies. They will also help suppress potential terrorist activities."

There have been a number of deadly terrorist attacks which have hit different areas of China in recent months, including Urumqi, Kunming and Beijing.

Li Wei is also a professor from the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations.

"Given the current security situation, it's urgent we strengthen anti-terrorism campaigns across the country. Anti-terrorism programs should be highly visible, which people can see and count on. And if there's a terrorist incident, our counter-terrorism teams should be mobilized quickly to minimize injuries and deaths."

Large-scale anti-terrorism drills are already being carried out.

One held in Sichuan's capital Chengdu has seen a team of nearly 400 armed police officers, patrol officers and firefighters take part in drills.

The training has covered events including bombings, hijackings, arsons or other violent terrorist attacks.

Professor Fu Xiaoqiang says setting up more localized anti-terrorism working groups is the right way to go.

"Local anti-terrorism leading groups can help strengthen the coordination of anti-terrorism work on a national level. It will help with both intelligence gathering and emergency responses. Localized anti-terror groups will help push forward the national fight against terrorism."

The latest terrorist attack here in China saw attackers roll through an open-air market in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi in vehicles, plowing through crowds while throwing out explosives.

The attackers then blew up their vehicles.

In the end, 31 people were killed and over 90 others injured.

The attack comes on the heels of deadly assaults by terrorists on train stations in Urumqi and Kunming, as well as a deadly vehicle attack on crowds in front of Tian'anmen Square in Beijing in October.

For CRI, I'm Cao Yuwei.

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