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China holds firm on Xinjiang as neighbouring Afghanistan poses security concerns | Source: South China Morning Post

Police officers patrol streets of Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, which shares a border with Afghanistan.

China has vowed to press on with its security measures in Xinjiang amid concerns about the developing situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, which shares a mountainous 74km  border with the northwestern Chinese region. Beijing has been keen to promote stability in Afghanistan, not least because of its concerns over a terrorism “spillover” across the border by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) – a separatist group founded by militant Uygurs which Beijing blamed for a spate of violent attacks in Xinjiang.

Source: South China Morning Post


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