Xin­jiang to keep pres­sure on ter­ror­ism

Long-term se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity are re­gion’s top pri­or­i­ties, chair­man says

China Daily - - CHINA - By MAO WEIHUA in Urumqi and CUI JIA in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at cui­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

The Xin­jiang Uygur au­tonomous re­gion will main­tain pres­sure against ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and make fre­quent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the re­gion a thing of the past, the chair­man of the re­gional gov­ern­ment said on Mon­day.

“We should get pre­pared both men­tally and in our op­er­a­tions that main­tain­ing so­cial sta­bil­ity is a long-term task ... and the anti-ter­ror­ist mea­sures proven ef­fec­tive should be car­ried on and so­cial gov­er­nance fur­ther im­proved,” Shohrat Zakir, chair­man of the re­gion, said in de­liv­er­ing the gov­ern­ment work re­port to the an­nual ses­sion of the re­gional peo­ple’s con­gress, which started on Mon­day in Urumqi.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment has made main­tain­ing so­cial sta­bil­ity and long-term se­cu­rity the re­gion’s top pri­or­ity. Cur­rently, Xin­jiang is gen­er­ally stable and has cre­ated a har­mo­nious en­vi­ron­ment for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Shohrat said.

Huang San­ping, a se­nior of­fi­cial of the re­gional gov­ern­ment, said, “No ter­ror­ist at­tacks have hap­pened in Xin­jiang for 25 months. A se­ries of mea­sures adopted by the re­gional gov­ern­ment have taken root.”

Xin­jiang has be­gun to en­joy the div­i­dend of ef­fec­tive coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts, re­ceiv­ing more than 150 mil­lion vis­its from tourists in 2018, an in­crease of 40 per­cent year-onyear. Tourism is ex­pected to play a strate­gic role in the re­gion’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment this year. Xin­jiang, which is well known for its grand nat­u­ral beauty, set a tar­get for tourism growth this year at 40 per­cent, Shohrat said.

The re­gion, which cov­ers one­sixth of China’s ter­ri­tory, plans to im­prove its trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing roads, rail­ways and avi­a­tion. The cur­rent lack of in­fra­struc­ture restricts the de­vel­op­ment of tourism, he said, adding that vis­i­tors may find it dif­fi­cult sim­ply to find toi­lets, gas sta­tions and park­ing spa­ces.

“We want tourists from home and abroad to en­joy their time in Xin­jiang and make them want to stay,” he said.

The re­gion will con­tinue its ef­forts to elim­i­nate ex­trem­ism and ex­pose those who se­cretly sup­port ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism and sep­a­ratism, Shohrat said.

“We will make be­ing hit by fre­quent ter­ror­ist at­tacks a thing of the past and end the era when sep­a­ratist forces ram­paged in the re­gion. More im­por­tant, we will make the times that peo­ple had no sense of se­cu­rity be­come his­tory.”

Since the 1990s, ter­ror­ists, ex­trem­ists and sep­a­ratists in China and abroad have plot­ted, or­ga­nized and con­ducted thou­sands of vi­o­lent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in­clud­ing bomb­ings, as­sas­si­na­tions, poi­son­ings, ar­sons, as­saults, un­rest and ri­ots, caus­ing the deaths of a large num­ber of in­no­cent peo­ple and hun­dreds of po­lice of­fi­cers, as well as im­mea­sur­able prop­erty dam­age, Shohrat said dur­ing an in­ter­view in Oc­to­ber.

We want tourists from home and abroad to en­joy their time in Xin­jiang and make them want to stay.” Shohrat Zakir, chair­man of the Xin­jiang Uygur au­tonomous re­gion

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