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Updated: 2009-10-10 11:57

Beijing: China rejected Saturday Al-Qaida accusations of the suppressing of the Muslims in the country and vowed to work with other countries to deal with terror threat.

"Xinjiang has fully implemented the policies of equality of all ethnic minorities and religious freedom," said foreign ministry spokesperson Ma Chaoxu in a written statement.

Xinjiang's economy has realized sustainable, rapid and healthy development, and people of all ethnic groups in the region have shared the achievements in the social and economic development, said Ma.

The remarks came after Abu Yahya al-Libi, a prominent Al-Qaida militant, threatened to attack Chinese targets in "reprisal" for the July 5 riots in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and for the suppressing of Muslims.

"China has the confidence and capability to secure national security, and protect the safety of people's lives and properties," said the statement.

China will continue to cooperate with international community to deal with the threat of terrorism, said the spokesperson.

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