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moChina, Turkey voice commitment in fight against terrorism, separatism
08:23, November 02, 2010      

China and Turkey voiced commitment here on Monday to make joint efforts to crack down on terrorism and separatism.

"China would stay firm on safeguarding its national interests relating to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

Ximade the remarks in his meeting with visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, according to a press release from Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Xi also expressed his appreciation during the meeting for Turkey's support of China's efforts to combat the "East Turkistan" terrorist forces that threaten to sabotage China's unity.

The "East Turkistan" terrorist forces pose threats to thedevelopment and stability of northwest China, Xi told Davutoglu, noting that China wants to step up cooperation with Turkey in this regard.

A bomb attack on Aug. 19 in Aksu City in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region left eight people dead, including the two attackers, and 15 others injured.

Chinese authorities believe the "three forces," an umbrella category for separatists, extremists andterrorists, are responsible for the attacks.

Xinjiang -- with 41.5 percent of its population Uygurs, a large Muslim Chinese ethnic group -- is China's frontline against terrorism. The region borders eight central and west Asian countries, many of which have been attacked by terrorist and extremist militant groups.

Echoing Xi's views, Davutoglu said Turkey values its ties with China and wouldunswervingly uphold the one-China policy and crack down on any activities in Turkey that aim to sabotage China's sovereignty and threaten its territorial integrity.

The two sides also hailed progress made on bilateral relations, according to the press release, pledging to intensify high level political exchange, expand economic and trade cooperation and strengthen coordination on regional andinternational issues in an effort to safeguard the interests of the developing countries.

Davutoglu's China visit was at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

China and terrorism
KASHGAR, China — China and terrorism
The reports of terror plots emanating this year from this Muslim region in the far west of Chinamight seem fanciful: A foiled plot to blow up a plane; a cache of TNT to bomb the Summer Olympics; even a "violent terrorist gang" that planned to kidnap Olympic athletes.
But these aren't whispers on the Internet. They're reports coming from the Chinese government. So I flew out here to Kashgar - an oasis on the ancient Silk Road, where the minarets and camels provide a Middle Eastern ambience -to look for terrorists.
Instead, China's State Security Ministry found me. I had been in Kashgar just a few hours when my videographer, who is ethnically Chinese, called to say that two plainclothes officials were interrogating him. They asked him not to tell me since American journalists tend to be touchy about such things.
The interrogation was a sign of the authorities' anxiety aboutstability in China's Muslim west. Separatists here in the Xinjiang region aim to create the nation of "East Turkestan" and have periodically blown up police stations - even bombed three public buses in 1997.
The Chinese government has claimed that 162 people were killed in such terror attacks by Uighur separatists between 1990 and 2001. Meanwhile, China has sentenced more than 200 people to death since1997 for engaging in such separatist crimes.
Last year, Chinese officials said that 18 people had been killed when police raided a Uighur terrorist training camp with ties to Al Qaeda. The raid netted 1,500 grenades.
Then in March, China announced that it had foiled a plot "to create an air crash," in a passenger plane shortly after it took off from the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. In April, the...
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