Central Leadership Pledges Lasting Peace in Xinjiang
    2014-05-30 11:10:39     CRIENGLISH.com         Web Editor: Luo Dan


 

Police in Beijing have taken part in a mass anti-terror drill.

More than 28-hundred officers from the commando and armed police units participated in the exercise, which happened on Thursday.

The drill focused on knife attacks, hijackings, and illegal mass gatherings.

Helicopters, drones, and high-rise firefighting equipment have all been utilized in the training program.

The drill has come at the same time Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up a 2-day work conference in Beijing regarding Xinjiang.

He has called for a harsh crackdown on terrorist attacks in the autonomous region.

CRI's Ding Lulu has more.

In concluding the session, the Chinese President is calling for "nets spread from the earth to the sky" in fighting terrorism.

He notes that the basic principles for easing religious tension include protection for legal religious activities, and deterrence for illegal and extreme practices.

Xi Jinping says good governance in Xinjiang is vital, stressing that a priority of that is to improve people's livelihoods.

Xi Jinping says the government will spend more on education facilities and work to enroll more children in schools, as well as carrying out more poverty-alleviation programs in rural and border areas of Xinjiang.

According to the President, special policies will be issued concerning the development of southern Xinjiang.

Xu Jianying, an expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, hails the policy.

"Some people describe the economic development in Xinjiang in the past as 'funnel patterned', which is to say that although the government helped to build a lot infrastructure construction, they failed to bring real benefits to the locals. The central leadership is now striving to bring real benefits to the locals in Xinjiang to expand employment and improve livelihoods. This is a fundamental step of Xinjiang's development and modernization."

President Xi Jinping is also calling for stronger unity among different ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

He suggests that authorities should strengthen exchanges and communication among people of different ethnic groups and promote a more integrated social structure and community environment where people are not grouped solely based on their ethnicity.

The meeting was held in the wake of a series of bloody terrorist attacks in the region, including one in an open air market in Urumqi, the region's capital, which left 39 people dead and 94 injured on May 20.

For CRI, this is Ding Lulu.

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