Beijing: China has sent an elite anti-terrorism unit to the restive western region of Xinjiang in the wake of recent violence there and ahead of an international trade convention.
The state-run China Daily newspaper says the Snow Leopard Commando unit will be based in Aksu city, roughly halfway between Kashgar, where two violent attacks took place in July, and the regional capital of Urumqi.
At least 20 people died late last month in the two incidents in Kashgar, in the southern part of Xinjiang.
The China Daily said on Saturday that the commando unit would also be used to boost security for the China-Eurasia Expo, a large trade convention set for Urumqi the first week of September.
First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 09:56