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China and the ISIS threat
« on: June 14, 2017, 12:36:24 PM »
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China and the ISIS Threat
Already grappling with a home-grown terrorism problem, should Beijing fear the Islamic State?

By Gary Sands
September 26, 2014

http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-the-isis-threat/

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The U.S. and Australia are obvious targets for IS, but how dire is the threat for China? According to comments made in July by Wu Sike, China’s special envoy to the Middle East, up to 100 Chinese citizens may be fighting for IS. Wu believes the Chinese fighters are Uighurs from Xinjiang, a Muslim Turkic-speaking ethnic minority group.

A recent meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), whose members include China Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, saw its members sharing the same fear Europeans and Americans have of their fellow citizens who have joined IS in Iraq and Syria returning to their home countries. In addressing the heads of state of SCO in Tajikistan, President Xi Jinping confirmed “(We) should make concerted efforts to crack down on the ‘three evil forces’ of terrorism, extremism and separatism.” Zhang Xinfeng, the group’s director of the Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency also spoke on the members’ concern of returning IS soldiers, saying, “These people have started returning to their homeland, which constitutes a major threat to regional security.”

The heightened concern comes as Beijing battles an active homegrown terrorist insurgency primarily focused in the autonomous region of Xinjiang. Local authorities lay the blame for the violence on the minority Uyghur population, who are thought to be behind the July 28 attack, which led to 59 suspected terrorists being gunned down by security forces in Shache county in Xinjiang’s far south. Three days after the incident, the government-appointed head of the Id Kah mosque in the far western city of Kashgar was killed after leading morning prayers. This year has seen a number of grisly terrorist actions, including a suicide bombing on May 22 at a morning street market in Urumqi, which killed at least 39 people and wounded dozens. Other attacks include the stabbing of six people earlier this month at a train station in Guangzhou, a suicide bombing at the end of April at the Urumqi train station, and stabbings at the Kunming train station in March.

While some Chinese diplomats may be publicly downplaying the threat of IS coming to China, Beijing is likely heightening its activity in response to comments made in early July by IS speaking of revenge against several countries, including China, for seizing “Muslim rights.” The comments made the cover story of Phoenix Weekly, a Hong Kong-based newsmagazine widely distributed in China, and the article was widely disseminated throughout Chinese news websites and social media to a population still anxious and fearful following the Kunming and Guangzhou attacks.

The article quotes a July 4 speech in Mosul, Iraq by IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, during which he says, “Muslim rights are forcibly seized in China, India, Palestine” and, “Your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue, and are anticipating your brigades.” The article specifically notes that China was mentioned first on al-Baghdadi’s list, and shows a map that reportedly shows the territory IS plans to occupy in the next five years – which includes a significant portion of Xinjiang.

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Re: China and the ISIS threat
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 12:39:32 PM »
ISIL video threatens China with 'rivers of bloodshed'
SITE Intelligence Group says footage from Uighur fighters in western Iraq warns China of upcoming attacks.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/isil-video-threatens-china-rivers-bloodshed-170301103927503.html

ISIL fighters from China's Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and "shed blood like rivers" in what security experts said marked the first such threat against Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday by a division of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) featuring fighters from China's Uighur minority, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.

China has for years blamed exiled Uighur "separatists" for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region - the Muslim Uighur homeland - and warned of the potential for them to link up with violent groups.

In the video, a Uighur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

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Re: China and the ISIS threat
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 02:12:41 PM »
Bloody Islamic State video puts China in cross hairs
Jihadist militants reportedly from Uygur ethnic group use video to say they will return home to ‘shed blood like rivers’
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 March, 2017, 8:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 March, 2017, 11:28pm

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2075183/bloody-islamic-state-video-puts-china-cross-hairs

Islamic State militants from China’s Uygur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and “shed blood like rivers”, according to a jihadi-tracking firm, in what observers said marked the first IS threat against Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released on Monday by a division of Islamic State in western Iraq, and featuring militants from China’s Uygur ethnic group, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.

China has for years blamed exiled Uygur “separatists” for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region – the Uygur homeland – and warned of the potential for militants to link up with global jihadist groups.

Some Western observers have blamed the heavy security presence in Xinjiang for making unrest in the region worse. Photo: AFP
In the video, a Uygur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.

“Oh, you Chinese who do not understand what people say. We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenge the oppressed,” a SITE translation read.

A traditionally Muslim group, many Uygurs complain of cultural and religious repression and discrimination by China.

The video appeared to be the Islamic State’s “first direct threat” against China, said Michael Clarke, a specialist on Xinjiang at Australian National University.

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Re: China and the ISIS threat
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2017, 01:30:59 PM »
In China's far west the 'perfect police state' is emerging
During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ region

Thursday 22 June 2017 21.33 EDT Last modified on Thursday 22 June 2017 21.34 EDT

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/in-chinas-far-west-experts-fear-a-ticking-timebomb-religious

It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards People’s Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping “anti-terror” rallies to be held here in the heartlands of China’s Muslim Uighur minority this year.

Open-backed lorries packed with heavily-armed troops joined the procession, red and yellow propaganda banners draped from their sides.

“Unity and stability are blessings! Separatism and unrest are a curse!” read one.

A second warned: “Let all those terrorists who dare to be enemies of the people be smashed to pieces!”

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The mass rally, witnessed by the Guardian at the end of April, came as a long-running crackdown in China’s violence-stricken far west hit draconian new heights.

Three days earlier thousands of armed troops had swept onto the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, where, according to one local newspaper, they vowed to “sacrifice everything for the party and the people” in their fight against the Islamic extremists Beijing blames for a series of attacks on government officials and civilians.

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The effects of Chen’s surge are also impossible to miss in Kasghar itself, a 2,000-year-old Silk Road oasis town where petrol stations, considered possible targets, now resemble prisons, with vehicles only allowed through their razor-wire perimeters one at a time.

By night the city lights up like a flickering disco ball as hundreds of newly built police strongholds, positioned at almost every intersection, illuminate the darkness with their red and blue glow.

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Re: China and the ISIS threat
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 05:13:39 AM »
Is China fear of ISIS attacks on its own western borders keeping it away internal Philippine affairs?

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China supports PHL’s fight against Maute, other Islamists in Marawi
Published June 12, 2017 5:49pm

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/614176/china-supports-phl-s-fight-against-maute-other-islamists-in-marawi/story/

China supports the Philippine government's "anti-terrorism" operations against Islamist militants in Marawi City, the Chinese foreign ministry said Monday, days after it was reported that US special forces provided support to Filipino troops.

On Saturday, the US Embassy in Manila said special forces were assisting the Philippine military with ongoing operations in Marawi City, which insurgents belonging to the Maute group and aided by foreign militants, laid siege on May 23.

But Philippine authorities said the assistance was limited to "technical support."

"Terrorism is the common enemy of mankind. China understands and firmly supports (Philippine President Rodrigo) Duterte's leadership and its government in fighting terrorism," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.

"We support these antiterrorism operations," he said.

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