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Xinjiang's stability important for nation

By Cui Jia (China Daily)

08:27, March 07, 2012

Akbar Wupper (right), administrative commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, talks with Hou Xiaoqin, political commissar of the Xinjiang Armed Police Regiment, at a group discussion of deputies from Xinjiang to the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday. (CUI JIA / CHINA DAILY)

Maintaining stability in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is extremely important not only for the area but for all of China, an official from Kashgar said on Tuesday.

"Several violent incidents have happened in Kashgar in the past year and they were instigated by three overseas forces of separatists, extremists and terrorists," Akbar Wupper, a deputy of the National People's Congress and administrative commissioner of Kashgar prefecture, said on the sidelines of the annual NPC session.

He said the three forces constantly try to infiltrate their extreme beliefs into the prefecture that borders Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Six people were killed, and 15 others, including three policemen, were injured after attackers set fire to a restaurant and started a killing rampage against civilians in the city of Kashgar in July. Five suspects were shot dead by police.

An initial probe has shown that the heads of the group had learned how to make explosives and firearms in overseas camps of the terrorist group East Turkistan Islamic Movement in Pakistan before entering Xinjiang to organize terrorist activities, the Kashgar municipal government said.

"About 99.99 percent of Xinjiang people are peace lovers while only a handful are people who want to cause trouble, so they couldn't have any impact on the region's overall stability," said Jurat Imin, an NPC deputy and vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Xinjiang Committee. Jurat was the administrative commissioner of Hotan prefecture from February 2008 to January this year.

"I am confident in maintaining the stability of Xinjiang, especially southern Xinjiang's Kashgar and Hotan, and the regional government is capable of doing so," he said.

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Xinjiang is a multi-ethnic region, it actually epitomizes the global community, where perpectual peace can achieve through dialogues, mutual respect and cooperation. Integration of different ethnic groups depend on creating a social network where people can meet and learn together so that community members would not view each other as stranger. No stranger can form a stable and harmonious community. Hence, government officials ought to be well qualified and well trained so as to meet the challenge of a small global community as Xinjiang, where people are unavoidably diverse. We have many brilliant government officials at the Central and Provincial level, Xinjiang should be a good laboratory for our country to train up a new generation of brilliant officials at the local level down to the counties and villages. Modernization of the civil service cohort (HK"s language)is always a good thing.

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