World Bulletin / News Desk
Police are the "fists and daggers in the fight against terrorism," China's President Xi Jinping said on a trip to the East Turkestan (Xinjiang) region where authorities say members of the native Muslim Uighur community are waging a violent separatist campaign.
Xi's tour, reported in state media late on Monday, was his first to the region since a ruling Communist Party conclave in November in which he ushered in a national security commission to combat foreign and domestic threats.
Xi has raised the pitch of his warnings on security threats after a spate of deadly attacks, including one in the southwestern city of Kunming in March in which 29 people were killed and 140 injured by knife-wielding attackers who the government said were separatists from East Turkestan.
"The Kashgar region is the front line in anti-terrorism and maintaining social stability," the official Xinhua news agency citied Xi as telling paramilitary police in the Silk Road city of Kashgar, that has been at the centre of much of the unrest.
"The situation is grim and complicated. The local level police stations are fists and daggers," Xi said.
The report, carried widely in state media, showed photographs of Xi touring police facilities.
"You must have the most effective means to deal with violent terrorists," Xi said at a police station where he was pictured inspecting a wall of various kinds of truncheons.
"Sweat more in peacetime to bleed less in wartime," he said.
Uighurs are Turkic-language speaking Muslims. Many of them chafe at Chinese controls on their culture and religion.
Unrest in East Turkestan has led to the deaths of more than 100 people in the past year has the Han Chinese authorities continue in their crackdown against Uighurs.
The government blames the violence on separatists from the Uighur community who want to establish an independent state. But rights advocates say China's harsh rule tramples on Uighurs' language and culture.
Many Uighurs complain they are denied economic opportunities amid an influx of Han Chinese into the region. Xi urged ethnic unity and encouraged students to seize the opportunity to learn both Chinese and the Uighur language.
"Learning two languages will not only make finding jobs easier, it more importantly will make contributions to promoting ethnic unity," Xi told school children and their teachers.
Earlier this week, Xi called on the Chinese public to build a "wall of bronze and iron" to fight terrorism, and "make terrorists become like rats scurrying across a street, with everybody shouting 'beat them'."
"Relying on armed force and monitoring deprives Uighurs of their freedom and proves the utter failure of China's local governance," he said.
Spicer said Monday that the US "is going to make sure we protect our interests" in the sea.
The men were the second batch of would-be refugees denied asylum by German authorities and deported, despite growing insecurity in Afghanistan.
The agreement, the biggest trade deal in history, was seen as a counter to China's rising economic influence. It was signed last year but has not gone into effect.
Some 21,000 internally displaced while 66,000 have fled to Bangladesh since October attacks, security ops, report says
The bodies of six women and three men were washed ashore at a beach near the town of Mersing earlier Monday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.
At least eight soldiers and a rebel get killed in clash in North Cotabato amid peace talks in Rome, Italy
Mountaineering experts say climbing in winter is more dangerous than spring -- when most people tackle the 8,848 metre peak -- owing to high winds and extreme cold.
The announcement of a probe came a day before parliament was due to debate a report by lawmakers who in October recommended the criminal prosecution of former central bank chief Arjuna Mahendran.
Xu Xiang's was the first insider trading case to be brought to court in the country and involved more than 40 billion yuan ($5.8 billion), respected Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported.
Turkish authorities became suspicious the group was planning to enter Syria, where IS controls territory, and decided to send them back to Indonesia, said the spokesman, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Several others wounded during encounter in northeastern India, military says
Huang Xingguo, 62, headed the response committee after the explosion rocked Tianjin in August 2015, devastating a huge swathe of the port city.
Death toll expected to rise further as many people are still under wreckage
Protestors chanted slogans demanding the arrest of Park and business tycoons including Lee Jae-Yong, heir to the Samsung empire, calling them "co-culprits" in the scandal.