Security, stability called top priorities in Xinjiang
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.