China to seal border with Pakistan to curb terror
The security along the China-Pakistan border would be further tightened “to prevent terrorists from entering or leaving the region illegally in 2017, the head of the Xinjiang government was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday.
This is being seen as China’s signalling its displeasure with Pakistan over its inability to stop terrorists from sneaking into its restive border region of Xinjiang.
The statements followed a raid in which three terrorists in Xinjiang’s Hotan prefecture were killed on Sunday; the action followed a terrorist attack on December 28 in Hotan that killed five people.
Xinjiang Communist Party leaders expressed fears of militants getting training in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and returning to the province to carry out terror attacks.
Foreign ministries of China and Pakistan talk of all-weather friendship. But there has been growing concern among politicians in Xinjiang, the target of Islamist terrorism, about close links between local terrorists and Taliban camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Terrorists who carried out attacks in the region in recent years received training abroad and returned illegally, said Aniwar Turson, a Communist Party official in Kashgar. Xinhua said, ” Xinjiang has been China’s main battleground in the fight against terrorism ,” adding that suspects were killed when they resisted arrest