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China finally ready to admit Pak's role in Xinjiang violence

July 29, 2011

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN | Jul 20, 2011, 09.14pm IST


BEIJING: A Chinese government think-tank has finally broken the
deafening silence about the role of Pakistan in the continuous spate
of violence in China's western province of Xinjiang. There are
indications Beijing will now exert pressure on Islamabad to come clean
about the support being given to anti-China forces from inside

The think-tank, the Institute of Central Asia at the Xinjiang Academy
of Social Sciences, has pointed the finger at Pakistan as the source
of violence. This is is something both Chinese officials and
anti-China bodies like World Uighur Congress always avoid doing.

The violence in Hotan, which is next door from the Pakistan border,
left nearly 20 dead on Monday, it is now being revealed. The incident
showed that Communist Party of China's close relationship with the
Jamat-e-Islami and its protective attitude towards Pakistan have both
failed to insulate Xinjiang from separatist violence.

"Located in the southern part of Xinjiang, Hotan is close to the
border with Pakistan. Due to their affinity in religion and language,
some Uyghur residents there are at risk of being influenced by
terrorist groups such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement," Pan
Zhiping, director of the Institute was quoted in the State run Global
Times as saying.

An anti-terrorism expert, Li Wei, alluded to Pakistan without
specifically mentioning it.

"Signs have shown that the rioters were greatly influenced by overseas
terrorist organizations. They adopted a complicated approach to the
attack and sought to amplify fears among the public," Li, who works
for the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said.

The World Uighur Congress may have good reasons for not mentioning
Pakistan, because the country provides agitating Uighurs a training
base and regular supply of arms to fight the Chinese authorities.

But Chinese officials try to keep Pakistan out of the controversy
because it is desperately enlisting the support of the military and
political establishment in that country to pin down the militants.

"The see-saw battle has given a special kind of power over China. But
it has to live with it for the time being," a researcher said while
requesting anonymity.

Pan said over 90 percent of its residents in Hotan are from minority
Uyghur ethnicity, Hotan appears prone to the influence of terrorism
that has penetrated the country from overseas, and that would result
in religion being used as a tool to instigate separatist activities
and violence, he said.

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