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Xinjiang's anti-separatism battle intense

By Cui Jia (China Daily)

09:37, May 18, 2013

Primary school pupils look at an anti-terrorist robot at the local police headquarters in Urumqi, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Thursday. More than 100 students visited the headquarters to learn about the life and training of police officers. ZHAO GE / XINHUA

As a region that is constantly battling with separatism, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region must plan for the worst while making the best efforts to maintain social stability, a top official of the region said.

Zhang Chunxian, Party chief of Xinjiang, published an article about the region's development over the past three years in Qiushi magazine, which is run by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and devoted to policymaking and theoretical studies.

The article ran on May 16, the day before the third anniversary of the central work conference on Xinjiang's development.

"Xinjiang's long-term anti-separatism battle is complicated and intense. We must be innovative in social management to cope with the influences brought by the changes of the anti-terrorism situation in Central Asia and the arrival of social media," he wrote in the article. Zhang added that such influences have been carefully studied.

He said the authorities must be prepared and not panic when dealing with attacks from terrorists and separatists.

"More than 96 percent of violent and terror activities have been curbed during the planning stage and before action," Zhang said.

The region's ability to handle such incidents has significantly improved over the past three years, he said.

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