saw a sharp drop in the number of cases involving violence and terrorism
in 2015, as the autonomous region continues to pursue a crackdown on
terrorism, a top Xinjiang official said in Beijing on Tuesday.
"Xinjiang is heading toward a stable security situation," Zhang Chunxian,
Party chief of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, told the press
during the fourth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress.
Xinjiang still faces a severe and complicated counter-terrorism
situation, which requires the continuous campaign against terrorists,
Zhang said, applauding the efforts to arrest terrorists in an attack at
a coal mine in the region.
On September 18, 2015, a coal mine in Baicheng county, Aksu Prefecture
was attacked by a group of armed men, killing 11 people, the Xinhua News
Religious extremism has dramatically dropped in Xinjiang, while the
current counter-terrorism campaign has been attracting extensive support
among people of various ethnic groups in the autonomous region, Zhang
"The number of terror cases dropped due to efforts to crack down on
terrorist activities and to destroy the hotbed for terrorism," Li Wei,
an anti-terrorism expert at the China Institute of Contemporary
International Relations, told the Global Times on Tuesday.
Li added that rising international terrorism contributed greatly to
terrorism in China.
"Religious extremism created hatred among different ethnic groups under
the guise of religion," Abudulrekep Tumniyaz, deputy director of the
Xinjiang Islamic Association, told media on Tuesday, noting that Islam,
as a religion of "peace, unity, tolerance and caring," is opposed to
The counter-terrorist campaign has helped protect the rights and
interests of the public, Nayim Yasen, director of the Standing Committee
of the Xinjiang People’s Congress, told the media at the conference.