China opposes all terrorist activities and will work closely with the
international community to combat terrorism, the Ministry of Public Security
(MPS) said yesterday.
Ministry spokesman Wu Heping said this at a news briefing after police in
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region reported on Monday that they had killed 18
terrorists and arrested 17 others during a Friday raid on a training camp of the
East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The United Nations labelled the group a
terrorist organization in 2002.
One policeman was killed and another injured during the raid.
Wu said China
opposes "all forms of terrorism" and that its anti-terrorism effort includes
prevention, offensive action and more international cooperation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday also confirmed that the ETIM had
links with international terror forces.
"A large amount of evidence, including material that we got from this raid,
shows that the ETIM is connected with international terrorist forces and was
planning violent terrorist activities in China," said Foreign Ministry spokesman
He said China's crackdown on terrorism protects local people and safeguards
the stability and security of Xinjiang and its neighbouring countries and
Police said the camp was located on the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang, near the
borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
It is believed that more than 1,000 ETIM members have received training from
Al-Qaida, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Official data also shows that the group plotted more than 200 violent
incidents, including explosions, assassinations, arson, poisonings and assaults
in Xinjiang and in other countries between 1990 and 2001, killing 162 people and
The United Nations (UN) and the United States listed the ETIM, which is
pursuing an independent "Eastern Turkistan", as a terrorist group in 2002, and
the Ministry of Public Security placed it on a list of "East Turkistan"
terrorist organizations in 2003.
Other identified "East Turkistan" terrorist organizations are the East
Turkistan Liberation Organization (ETLO), the World Uygur Youth Congress (WUYC)
and the East Turkistan Information Centre (ETIC), according to the ministry.
Wu said the Criminal Law; the State Security Law; the Shanghai Convention on
Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism; 11 international conventions
adopted by the UN and ratified by China; and a series of anti-terrorism
agreements adopted by the UN Security Council provided the legal guidelines that
the government used to identify terrorists and terrorist organizations.
By late last night, netizens had posted about 4,000 comments on Sina.com,
China's biggest news portal, almost all of which praised the raid.
Many people paid their respects to the dead police
officer and said the State should offer his family a reward for his bravery.