Beijing to boost police gun training amid security threats


China will boost gun training for police in its capital Beijing, a senior security official said, as it braces for what it calls an upsurge in militant violence around the country.

The vice minister of public security and head of Beijing’s Public Security Bureau, Fu Zhenghua, urged officers to increase security in the city as he visited police stations and SWAT checkpoints along Beijing’s main thoroughfare, Chang’an Avenue, on Saturday.

Police must be ready to “deal a deadly blow to enemies at the critical time”, the official Xinhua news agency cited Fu as saying in a report on Sunday.

Chinese police do not always carry firearms, but top leaders have warned that security threats are mounting.

Police in Beijing have already stepped up armed patrols after five people were killed and 40 hurt when a car plowed into a crowd and burst into flames near Tiananmen Square last October. The dead included three people in the car identified by authorities as Islamists from the western region of Xinjiang.

Xinjiang is the home of Muslim Uighurs who speak a Turkic language. China has blamed previous attacks on Islamists it says seek to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan.

Around 200 people have died in attacks blamed on Xinjiang militants in China in the last year or so, and the authorities have launched a campaign to stop the unrest, detaining hundreds and executing many others.

China will host an APEC summit on the outskirts of Beijing in November. This will draw heads of state and government from around the Asia Pacific region in one of the highest profile events to be held there since the 2008 Olympic Games.

Source: Reuters “Beijing to boost police gun training amid security threats”

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Knife Killing Sparks Panic All over China


Associated Press -  Chinese policemen investigate victims covered by newspapers at the site of a stabbing incident near a market in Changsha in south China’s Hunan province Friday, March 14, 2014. Four people were hacked to death in a knife fight at the market Friday and one person was fatally shot by police, state media said.

Associated Press – Chinese policemen investigate victims covered by newspapers at the site of a stabbing incident near a market in Changsha in south China’s Hunan province Friday, March 14, 2014. Four people were hacked to death in a knife fight at the market Friday and one person was fatally shot by police, state media said.

Since the terrorist knife killing at Kunming Railway Station in early March, the panic has spread all over the country. Yesterday, a thief chased by a security guard in downtown Guangzhou suddenly shouted “Hacking, hacking, some one is hacking people with knife”. Immediately, more than 1,000 pedestrians ran madly away for safety.

Lots of civil and armed police rushed to the site but found that it was a false alarm. Guangzhou police later issued a clarification announcement at its website.

The Washington Post says, “The crowd reaction in Guangzhou was the second such incident. On Friday, in Chengdu, in the center of China, dozens of shoppers at a busy mall fled in a panic because of false rumors of a knifing spree that were circulating online, Chengdu police said.”

In Beijing, due to the panic, the police has begun 24-hour armed patrol in over a dozen busy areas in the city. In all more than 230 armed vehicles and 600 police armed with rifles, pistols and anti-riot batons have been deployed for that.

According to a policeman on duty there, in an emergency, the police will analyze the nature of the incident and the extent of danger to decide whether they shall use persuasion, force or guns to deal with the incident.

Source: Singtao Daily “‘Chopping people’ panic spreads to the whole country” and “Beijing police conducts 24-hour armed petrol” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese”

Source: The Washington Post “Knife fight in China sparks rumors”

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