Huge police presence on 2nd Xinjiang anniversary

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 22:06

Beijing: China on Tuesday deployed huge number
of riot police to avoid any untoward incident in Xinjiang
province on the second anniversary of the ethnic riots that
claimed the lives of 200 people.

The streets of Urumqi, the capital of Muslim Uyghur
majority Xinjiang province were calm with heavy presence of
forces, reports said today.

"The general situation in Xinjiang is stable. But we
should be alert to separatist activities," Chinese Foreign
Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told reporters here.

After the July 5, 2009 riots between Uyghurs and
Chinese Han settles, China brought about a host of economic
and administrative reforms.

These included removal of the hard-line provincial
chief of the ruling Communist Party, whose polices like
insistence on Uyghurs to learn Chinese reported to have lead
to the tensions.

Besides, it also stepped up investments amounting to
several billion dollars. China also initiated steps at
Xinjiang borders, shared with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir along
with the help of the Pakistan army.

Blaming the separatist forces Hong said, "You can say
society in Xinjiang is stable and economy is focusing on
development and all groups are living in harmony."

"A new Xinjiang is being built with prosperity. We
will stick to regional autonomy as well as solidarity and
common prosperity of all groups and fully implant the
strategic goal of stabilising it by enriching the people," he
added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 22:06

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