Xinjiang Party Chief: No Leniency for Terrorists

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The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China is planning even stronger measures to fight terrorism, separatism and religious extremism, according to Zhang Chunxian, the Xinjiang Party Secretary. He made his comments in an open session at the National People’s Congress. Zhang is also a member of China’s newly established National Security Commission. CCTV’s Han Bin reports.

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Xinjiang’s top official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday pledged a harsh and lasting crackdown on terrorists.

“The terrorists are the common enemies of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and we cannot treat them with leniency,” Zhang Chunxian, secretary of the CPC Xinjiang Autonomous Regional Committee who is attending an annual session of the country’s top legislature in Beijing, told reporters after a panel discussion.

“The crackdown targets the terrorists, rather than the majority of people or any specific (ethnic) group,” he said.

Journalists mob Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian (center left with glasses) as they try to ask questions about the recent terror attack in Kunming during the Xinjiang delegation's group discussion at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 6, 2014.  The vast and resource-rich region of Xinjiang has for years been hit by occasional unrest that authorities blame on Uighurs, saying China faces a violent separatist movement in the area motivated by religious extremism and linked to foreign terrorist groups.
Journalists mob Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian (center left with glasses) as they try to ask questions about the recent terror attack in Kunming during the Xinjiang delegation’s group discussion at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 6, 2014. The vast and resource-rich region of Xinjiang has for years been hit by occasional unrest that authorities blame on Uighurs, saying China faces a violent separatist movement in the area motivated by religious extremism and linked to foreign terrorist groups.

Of terrorist activities in the ethnic region, 90 percent resulted from the influence of overseas online footage, according to the official.

Zhang’s remarks came days after knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming. Evidence linked the attack to terrorists from Xinjiang.

“The terrorists who committed the crime are totally inhumane,” Zhang said. “They are indeed against humanity, society and civilization.”

He said that legislation of anti-terrorism laws and regulations should begin.

“We should do everything possible to improve people’s livelihood and let them enjoy the benefits of reform,” Zhang said.

Chinese paramilitary police patrol outside the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on March 3, 2014.  Knife-wielding assailants left at least 29 people dead and more than 130 wounded in an unprecedented attack at a Chinese train station, with state media blaming separatists from Xinjiang. Victims described attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets, prompting shock and outrage.
Chinese paramilitary police patrol outside the scene of the terror attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, on March 3, 2014. Knife-wielding assailants left at least 29 people dead and more than 130 wounded in an unprecedented attack at a Chinese train station, with state media blaming separatists from Xinjiang. Victims described attackers dressed in black bursting into Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan and slashing indiscriminately as people queued to buy tickets, prompting shock and outrage.

Source: Xinhua News