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China Warns Officials on Terror Attacks

Saturday, 28 Dec 2013 06:33 AM

BEIJING — Chinese officials and police have been told to step up safety precautions in “key regions” and be on alert for terrorist attacks during the New Year and Spring Festival holidays amid ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.

The order was given in a circular issued by the Communist Party Central Committee and the State Council, the Xinhua News Agency reported late Friday. The document also reminded officials to avoid extravagance and reiterated a ban on the use of public funds for gift giving and entertainment.

“All-out efforts should be made to ensure social stability and harmony,” according to the circular. Related agencies should “solve problems that have aroused strong public complaints properly so as to prevent mass incidents at their roots,” it said.

The party’s warning follows what the Xinjiang government described as a terrorist attack on police in the restive northwest province earlier this month which left 16 people dead, and an incident in November which killed 11. China has also linked a Uighur militant group founded in the region to an October incident in which a vehicle rammed into a crowd near Tiananmen Square in Beijing and burst into flames, killing the three occupants and two bystanders.

China’s domestic security forces are also on alert for protests against Japan after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine that honors wartime leaders. A vehicle from the People’s Armed Police and about a dozen other police cars and vans were parked around the Japanese Embassy in northeast Beijing today. Uniformed police patrolled the area and a barricade was in place across the entrance to the building.

The two nations are locked in a dispute over the ownership of islands in the East China Sea.

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Chinese officials and police have been told to step up safety precautions in “key regions” and be on alert for terrorist attacks during the New Year and Spring Festival holidays amid ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.
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