Se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity called top pri­or­i­ties in Xin­jiang

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The Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion will step up bor­der con­trol mea­sures this year to cre­ate a “Great Wall” along its 5,700-kilo­me­ter bor­der to pre­vent the pen­e­tra­tion of ex­trem­ism, sep­a­ratism and ter­ror­ism from abroad, the re­gion’s chair­man said on Jan 22. “We will try our best to leave no gaps or blind spots in so­cial se­cu­rity man­age­ment and en­sure the key ar­eas re­main ab­so­lutely safe,” Shokrat Zakir, the chair­man, said as he de­liv­ered the gov­ern­ment work re­port dur­ing the an­nual ses­sion of the 13th Re­gional Peo­ple’s Congress, which kicked off in the cap­i­tal, Urumqi, on Jan 22. The re­gion will step up se­cu­rity mea­sures in key ar­eas and bor­der ar­eas as well as en­force in­ter­net man­age­ment to main­tain so­cial sta­bil­ity in Xin­jiang, which re­mains com­pli­cated, he said. It will fur­ther rely on tech­nol­ogy to en­hance front­line bor­der con­trol and im­prove in­fra­struc­ture in bor­der ar­eas, such as im­prov­ing road con­di­tions, he said.

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