China's War Against Terror

March 5th, 2005  

Topic: China's War Against Terror

Add more country to the list of countries fighting radical extremist aggressive islamic fundamentalists , China. Countries already fighting and facing radical islamic jehadists are - U.S.A, India, Russia, Israel etc. and Europe of course.


NEW DELHI: In the wake of the reports that 1000 Chinese separatists have been trained by Al-Qaeda, the Chinese government has launched a war on terror by establishing the world's largest centre for counter-terrorism.

With this, China has joined the roll-of-honour alongside the US in its fight against the war on global terror. The counter-terrorism headquarters will be located in Beijing.

The campaign comes in the wake of counter-terrorism drive initiated by China for the last two years in fighting the Uighur separatism in the Xinjiang province of northwest China sponsored by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

Uighurs are Turkic-speaking largest minority group with a population of 6 million and Xinjiang province accounts for one sixth of the Chinese territory.

Gen Xiong Guangkai, Deputy Chief of Chinese Army feared that 1000 Uighur separatists have were trained by Al-Qaeda though there have been evidence of training bases to substantiate his view.

"This campaign comes under the wake of the Chinese statement that Xinjiang is harbouring terrorists. The campaign began in 2004 and the fact that the headquarters are established in Beijing is a concrete expression of the setting up of this centre", says Srikanth Kondapalli, a China watcher and a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India's strategic think-tank.

"China has declared war on three evils alongside Bush's expression of five evils post 9/11. The objective of the campaign is to fight extremism, separatism and terrorism. Fight Uighurs against separatism, Tibetans against splitism and inadvertently the Taiwanese against terrorism. And for the first time, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has admitted that there has been a concerted training programme by terrorists," he adds.

The PLA has shifted its military doctrine towards counter insurgency over the years.

In a move to beef up resources to fight the war against terror, the strength of the People and Police Force (PAPF) over the years has increased to 2 million.

The PAPF is responsible for fighting the counter-insurgency operations in China.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meetings and its proceedings have been a fillip to this campaign.

The Chinese launched four campaigns; one with the Central Asian Countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and the other with Pakistan at a Pakistan Friendship Meet in 2004 discussing Lhasa, Guangxi and Xinjian- one in August 2003, two in November 2003 and one in August 2004.

China released a white paper on terrorist organisations operating in China that was supported by the US State Department. The Chinese Ministry of Public security has listed 11 terrorist organizations among which ETIM, World Uighur Youth Congress and East Turkistan Information Centre are some of the few.

Srikanth says, "Pre 9/11, the US position was that they saw the Ughuirs of Xinjiang province as freedom fighters. Post 9/11, it changed. Bush warned the terrorists who wanted to undermine Asia's hard-fought economic gains during his APEC meeting in Shanghai in 2001. Buy my hunch is that the US still thinks of the Chinese extremists as freedom fighters."

Pakistan has been one of the key partners in this campaign launched by China.

"The China- CAR campaign against counter-terrorism is critical to the global war on terror," says Ramakant Dwivedi, a CAR expert and an Associate Fellow at the IDSA. Srikant adds, "So is the China-Pakistan campaign."


March 5th, 2005  
Whispering Death
Not surprising, China shares a continent with those crazy muslim extremists.

It doesn't matter what you stand for, this muslim extremist movement is just all about destroying everything that isn't strict islam.
March 6th, 2005  
thank god people now include china in this anti-terror action, we used to suffer for noting, our buses got bombed and people died, and government been accused for against "human rights" to hunt down the terror... sadly. should thank what has happened in russia, there is no different between terror. hope people won't forget it soon...