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China Voice: Fight terrorism without pointing fingers

By Tian Ye (Xinhua)

15:50, April 26, 2013

BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Pointing fingers does nothing to further the fight against terrorism, and not every disturbance in China should be pointed to as a human rights issue or problems with ethnic tensions.

A group of mobsters attacked and killed 15 community workers and police officers after a cache of knives was found in their possession in China's far west Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, according to the official account. Six of the suspected terrorists also died in the confrontation.

While most people are distressed by the loss of innocent lives and have condemned the cruelty of the attackers, the U.S. has taken the event as another opportunity to slam China's ethnic policies and human rights situation.

The U.S. pressed China on Uygurs' rights on Wednesday. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell asked China to "take steps to reduce tensions and promote long-term stability in Xinjiang," according to an AFP report.

He also said the U.S. was "deeply concerned" about so-called accounts of discrimination against Uygurs.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has yet to fully review whether a failure in its own ethnic policies led two U.S.-raised Chechen brothers to commit acts of terror on American soil, which include allegedly setting off two homemade bombs that killed three people and injured scores of others at the Boston Marathon.

Though it has failed to fully reflect on its domestic situation and ethnic policies, its judgement on China was made easily and quickly.

It is obvious that the U.S. is employing double standards and failing to distinguish right from wrong.

The stark contrast in the U.S. government's demonstrated attitudes toward the two separate acts of violence could be dangerous, and the rock will drop on its own feet one day if the U.S. continues to tolerate violence and terrorism on foreign soil.

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