(TibetanReview.net, May02, 2014) Despite being under highest possible level of security in view of the ongoing visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the railway station in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi was hit by a bomb explosion on Apr 30, killing three people and injuring 79 others, including four seriously. The incident prompted Xi to call for “decisive actions” against violent terrorist attacks, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency May 01.
“The battle to combat violence and terrorism will not allow even a moment of slackness, and decisive actions must be taken to resolutely suppress the terrorists’ rampant momentum,” Xi was quoted as saying.
Repeating verbatim the remarks Chinese leaders in Beijing have used against Tibet as well, Xi has said the anti-separatism battle in Xinjiang is long-term, complicated and acute.
Xi was on a four-day inspection visit to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where China has established massive colonies of retired PLA soldiers and deployed overwhelming security forces to counter an independence movement. The Urumqi explosion occurred on the last day of Xi’s visit.
China calls all the local critics and opponents of its policy in Xinjiang (originally East Turkestan) terrorists. A Xinhua report Apr 30 cited Xi as saying that in fighting terrorism, China will deploy a “strike-first” strategy to deter enemies and inspire people. It said the visit was a sign of the central government’s firm determination to fight terrorist forces in the region.
Another Xinhua report May 1 cited Xi as having ordered troops stationed in occupied Xinjiang to deal a “crushing blow” to terrorists.