China vows not to relax its grip on Uighurs

China named what Uighurs call East Turkistan "Xinjiang" after imposing its control.

China vows not to relax its grip on Uighurs

China vowed not to relax its grip on Uighurs that seek independence in the homeland, promising to wage a long-term fight, the region's top leader was quoted as saying by state media.

China named what Uighurs call East Turkistan "Xinjiang" after imposing its control.

Wang Lequan, Xinjiang's long-serving Communist Party chief, said "there would be no let up in the fight against the separatists, nor would the government relax its grip".

"Nothing can be done if there is no stability in Xinjiang. The struggle against separatism and separatists is long, complex and acute," the official Xinjiang Daily paraphrased Wang as telling police late last month.

"Unswervingly follow the line that stability trumps all ... (which) is the main task and number one responsibility," he added.

Only with stability can the economy develop, said Wang.

"Work hard to create a good political environment for the good and rapid development of the economy and society to make a contribution for Xinjiang's overall stability."

Critics of China's policies in Uighur region say too little of the billions of dollars of central government investment there flows to Uighurs.

The violence in Urumqi last year between Han Chinese and Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people, left at least 197 people dead.

Many rights groups and exiles say Chinese bans on the Uighurs' religious and cultural rights is one of the cause of discontent.


Agencies


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