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first documentary on its overall counter-terrorism efforts in Xinjiang aired on
December 5, Thursday night, prompted wide discussions among the audience with
never-seen-before real crime scenes of terrorism, which highlighted the hefty
prices China has paid and the country’s resolution in eradicating terrorism.
A lot of
the video and audio clips in the English-language documentary were disclosed
for the first time as concrete evidence of the horrible crimes wreaked by
terrorists in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It also revealed hard
evidence of interactions between terrorists and overseas masterminds.
authorities did not publish the video and details of terrorist attacks in
Xinjiang before out of concern they may cause panic. This proves China had paid
a high price in fighting terrorism, and the international community should have
a clear understanding,” Li Wei, a counter-terrorism expert at the China
Institute of Contemporary International Relations in Beijing, told the Global Times.
that the video and audio footages justify China’s Xinjiang policies in
countering terrorism, including launching the vocational education and training
centers, which have been highly effective in de-radicalizing and fighting
Complicity of terrorists and
has spared no efforts in its fight against terrorists, who are often
well-trained and take part in armed confrontations with counter-terrorism
forces. Terrorist groups, including the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement,” were
found to help train terrorists in Xinjiang, experts and sources told the Global Times.
has long been the main battlefield against terrorism. According to incomplete
data, from 1990 to 2016, Xinjiang endured thousands of terrorist attacks that
killed large numbers of innocent people and hundreds of police officers.
Western countries spread the idea that the 2009 Urumqi riots were ethnic
clashes triggered by repression. Chinese experts say that’s illogical, given
the 9/11 attacks. The anti-China interpretation shows the double-standard
approach adopted by some,” the Thursday documentary said.
authorities believe the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement,” or ETIM, a shadowy
Xinjiang-based group with alleged ties to al-Qaeda, organized the Tiananmen
Square terrorist attack in 2013. And Chinese police said they have clear
evidence that the incident was linked to separatist forces outside Xinjiang.
reports have revealed that there are hundreds of Chinese fighters in Syria, and
some “jihadists” have brought their war home to Xinjiang.
Captain Sultan Hali from Pakistan Air Force said a number of Muslims from China’s
Xinjiang were trained as “jihadists” in training centers in Syria.
the Soviet-Afghan war ended in 1989, some of them went back. But most of them
were not de-indoctrinated, and were used as tools,” he said.
Li told the Global Times that members of the
ETIM terrorist group used to have secret trainings in mountainous and remote
areas in Xinjiang.
colluding with overseas terrorists in the Middle East and studying their attack
skills, these terrorists develop their own skills in making weapons and
plotting attacks, and even battled counter-terrorism forces, Li said.
who joined a counter-terrorism operation in Xinjiang told the Global Times that these well-trained terrorists, who were
familiar with the local environment, usually hid in caves in mountainous areas.
They were good at anti-reconnaissance operations and fiercely resisted special
three members of the ETIM re-entered Xinjiang and trained more than 80
terrorists in the Pamir areas, Li said, noting that China has made great
efforts in fighting these extremely dangerous terrorists.
officers in Xinjiang work on the frontline of the fight against terrorism.
According to data from China Central Television, from 2013 to 2016, a total of
127 police officers in Xinjiang sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Window of truth
believe terrorism is a global threat, and no country can win the war against
terrorism on its own. In the face of the threat of terrorism and extremism,
Xinjiang has taken a series of measures, including establishing laws and
regulations, and launching effective counter-terrorism operations.
to media reports found by the Global
Times, the Xinjiang region launched a special counter-terrorism campaign in
have cracked down on 1,588 terrorist groups, and 12,995 terrorists and 2,052
explosive materials had been seized in Xinjiang since 2014, read a white paper
on regional work on counter-terrorism, de-extremism and human rights protection
released in March.
has also enhanced international cooperation to crack down on terrorist forces
in Xinjiang. China has joined 12 global counter-terrorism conventions and
played an active role in international multilateral mechanisms, including the
international criminal police organization, Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO), and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, Liu
Yuejin, China’s top counter-terrorism official, said at a press conference on
Wednesday, December 4.
violent terrorist attacks have happened in Xinjiang in three years. Publishing
these videos would let more people and some Western media know more about China’s
current counter-terrorism policies in Xinjiang, Zheng said.
seems impossible to correct the wrong opinions of the West toward China’s
Xinjiang counter-terrorism policies. But the documentary would open a window
for those who want to know the truth,” Zheng said.