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No mercy for terrorist acts in Xinjiang (2)

By Cui Jia (China Daily)

08:26, March 08, 2012

Xinjiang has witnessed a leapfrog in its economic development in recent years, but development doesn't necessarily bring stability, said Nur Bekri, a deputy to the NPC and chairman of Xinjiang said on Wednesday.

Xinjiang's GDP rose by 12.3 percent year-on-year and reached 660 billion yuan ($105 billion) last year. Average per capita income of urban residents in the region increased to 15,514 yuan in 2011, a 13.7-percent hike year-on-year, and the average per capita income of rural residents increased by 17.2 percent to reach 5,442 yuan.

"Meanwhile, without a stable social environment, the region could not be further developed," he added. "Maintaining the region's stability is still a grim and overwhelming task."

He said that terrorist organizations, such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement campaigning for Xinjiang's independence in neighboring Pakistan, have countless links with terrorists within the region, which covers one-sixth of China's landmass and borders eight countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

"Violent activities by individual terrorists will not affect the close friendship between China and Pakistan," Nur said. "Anti-terrorism is a global task, as terrorism is threatening the lives of all people in the world."

China and Pakistan are all-weather friends, and Xinjiang and neighboring countries share the interests and objectives in fighting terrorism. International cooperation is needed to combat terrorism in addition to domestic prevention and crackdown, he said.

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