China calls for cooperation to fight Uighur militants after video released


Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it wanted to work with the international community to fight Uighur militants, following the purported release by Islamic State of a video showing Uighur fighters in training.

China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people from western China’s Xinjiang region, have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for militant groups there, having traveled illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of a Chinese hostage in 2015, underscoring China’s concern about Uighurs it says are fighting in the Middle East.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in the past few years, most in unrest between Uighurs and the ethnic majority Han Chinese. The government blames the unrest on Islamist militants.

The Iraqi unit of Islamic State has released a half-hour long video purportedly showing Uighurs training, as well as some images from inside Xinjiang, including Chinese police on the streets.

One shot shows Chinese President Xi Jinping that gives way to flames in front of a Chinese flag.

The video was released this week by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group which monitors militant groups online.Reuters was not able to independently verify the authenticity of the video.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was not aware of the video and had not seen it.

“But one point is very clear. We oppose any form of terrorism and proactively participate in international cooperation to crack down on terrorism,” he told a daily news briefing.

“We have long said that East Turkestan forces are a serious threat to China’s security and we are willing to work with the international community to jointly crack down on East Turkestan separatist and terrorist forces,” Geng said.

The government says foreign militants have stirred up tensions in Xinjiang, where it says it faces a determined campaign by separatists who want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

But many rights groups and exiles doubt the existence of a coherent militant group in Xinjiang, and say Uighur anger at repressive Chinese policies is more to blame for the unrest.

China denies any repression in Xinjiang.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Source: Reuters “China calls for cooperation to fight Uighur militants after video released”

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3 Comments on “China calls for cooperation to fight Uighur militants after video released”

  1. Mad Max says:

    Should all the Uigyhers be placed in “reservations” like what the Americans did? Or create a separate autonomous homeland for them in the Chinese Federation like what Russian did for Tartastan, Baskorstotan, etc.? Or totally independent states like those within South Africa? Second to last, no autonomous state, no independent state but absorbed totally within China by ensuring other Chinese ethnic groups totally overwhelms them. And lastly, deport all of them to Turkey or Turkestan like what Stalin and other Russian Tsars did in the past, not to mention the what the Americans did to the natives of Diego Garcia. Of course there are other options like Genghis Khans killing off the males or Adolf Hitler’s gassing of the Jews but these are probably way too extreme.

    So, take your pick.

    I rather like autonomous state within a Chinese federation. If that doesn’t work, then in a “reservation”. Finally if they still can’t co-exist with non Muslims in a non Muslim country, deport all of them to Turkey or Turkestan, period.

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  2. johnleecan says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind about the role of America and its allies in starting and supporting Uighur militants.

    There’s no repression of Uighurs. In fact, they are given more privileges than Han Chinese in Xinjiang. Yet, those who join the militants are those who are lazy to study and work and easily brainwashed.

    America and its allies have so much evil in them. They are very good in propaganda and the using of adjectives in their reports and news. They know many people are too easily brainwashed.

    Look at the supposedly France terror attacks. People around the world easily send their condolences and sympatized with the victims. Yet, terror attacks in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya among others and are easily dismissed by people. People seem to view these events like it’s normal. That’s why America and its allies knows what they’re doing works and continue to do their appalling evil deeds around the world.

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