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Kunming railway station attack

On March 1, 2014, dozens of commuters were killed and more than a hundred others injured when a gang of knife-wielding attackers rampaged through Kunming railway station in Yunnan province, China. Authorities blamed "separatist forces from Xinjiang" for the deadly attack. Four of the alleged assailants were shot dead by police at the scene.

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Chinese netizens slam US for refusing to call Kunming attack a ‘terrorist act’

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 March, 2014, 4:12pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 March, 2014, 7:04pm

Chinese internet users on Monday accused the United States of double standards after Washington condemned a deadly knife attack in southwest China but refrained from calling it a terrorist incident.

The US embassy in China said on social media that it condemned the “terrible and senseless act of violence in Kunming” and expressed condolences to those affected in what it said was a tragedy.

The attack on Saturday night saw masked assailants stab civilians at a train station, killing 29 and wounding more than 130.

If you say that the Kunming attack is a ‘terrible and senseless act of violence’, then the 9/11 attack can be called a ‘regrettable traffic incident
Cao Fan, netizen

China has blamed separatists from the restive region of Xinjiang for what it described as an act of terror, with state media dubbing the incident “China’s 9/11”.

But thousands of Chinese internet users slammed the US for refusing to follow China in defining the attack as terrorism, comparing the knife attack to last year’s bombing of the Boston Marathon (which killed three and left 264 injured) as well as 9/11 (which killed nearly 3,000 people).

“Merely ‘terrible and senseless’? Only ‘violence’? Would Americans say the same thing about similar attacks on their own territory?” Ma Xiaolin, a website administrator, asked on Sina Weibo.

“If you say that the Kunming attack is a ‘terrible and senseless act of violence’, then the 9/11 attack can be called a ‘regrettable traffic incident’,” posted Cao Fan.

In typical mocking response, another user wrote: “I express my condolences for the setting off of fireworks and burning incident at the Boston Marathon.”

The US statement came after the UN Security Council condemned the killings and said that it “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of this terrorist attack to justice”.

It added: “Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also described the attack as “terror” in a message sent to China’s President Xi Jinping, state media reported on Monday.

Following the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, the US placed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which China blames for unrest in the vast Xinjiang region, on its official list of international terrorist organisations.

But the group’s strength and links to global terrorism are murky, and some experts say China exaggerates its threat to justify tough security measures in Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uygur ethnic minority.

Several Uygurs were detained in the US-operated Guantanamo Bay facility, although nearly all were later released without charge.

But the US has refrained from labelling recent clashes between Uygurs and security forces in Xinjiang as terrorism, while condemning China’s treatment of the minority, prompting the foreign ministry in Beijing to repeatedly accuse Washington of a “double standard”.

Chinese social media services are subject to strict censorship, with posts and responses critical of China’s official stance regularly deleted.

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John Adams
Of course it was a terrorist act !
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What's the difference between masked sword-wielding terrorists stabbing innocent railway passengers in Kunming and terrorists flying hi-jacked aircraft into USA office buildings?
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Same Same !
The USA is so often totally TOTALLY hypocritical !
Camel
Of course. Only the Americans and their supporter are allowed to call themselve victims to terror attack. they are the rightous ones and all others are not.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
as long as china does not dance to their moves, double standard will always apply to china irregardless if they are right or wrong.
this is not the first time and definitely not the last either....why should anyone in china or elsewhere be surprised, angry or disappointed with this bias attitude....
jiawang@adb.org
China should be prepared, it has no friends.
sng7444
No terrorists will call another terrorist, ?a terrorist? when they are all doing the same shameful, crime against innocence human being unless he is not one of them.
meoii
who cares what usa thinks!
sng7444
A shooter is a maniac, terrorist is proper planning with intention to hurt the public.
daily
Yeah, the Americans only think that a situation such as 9/11 is a terrorist act............good thing that things like 9/11 happen only on American soil............That should make the Americans feel better.
chinasource@yahoo.com
The war is going on for 1000 years.. Welcome to the party !!!
wang.fan.127
What a joke. How could you assert that "the people in US did not"?
andreaswagner
There are terrorists and resistance fighters. If you occupy a country and the population fights back, they are resistance fighters. Not that hard.
lucifer
You dunce. A shooter went on a rampage on an Army base and killed dozens at fort hood while shouting praise allah and the US government still won't declare it a terrorist attack years later despite the pleas of victims, who would get better compensation if it was.
chinasource@yahoo.com
It seems you all are a bunch of I**dots. If you call this "Terrorism" , then you "Enable" the enemy to bring more Terror to you... Do you want this? Do you want the Xingjiang 'ers to start a "Terrorist Group"???.. not you don't.. Nobody does..
Grow up and learn something !!!
sng7444
China has more friends than you can imagined! 1.5 billions of them. How many you have?
hlcheng@me.com
At least the people in US did not applause and cheer like some visiting Chinese officials did when they saw the 9-11 attack unfolded on the TV news.
clc2
Terrorism. I suspect that if asked, the U.S. embassy would also define it as terrorism.
njsnoble
So it is OK to 'fight' and murder innocent people? Had you (Andreaswagner), or a loved member of your family had been a tourist in Kunming on that day and in that place, then you (Andreaswagner) might well be dead right now.
jiawang@adb.org
I believe the writer was referring to international friends.
China can only count on Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and, maybe, North Korea for support.
pslhk
The US is understandably slow and confused about what’s a terrorist act
given what they’ve been actively engaging in the “middle east”
their indulgence in reenacting Pearl Harbor with drones
and in cyber and real espionage
njsnoble
I'm looking for a record of the response of the UK government and I'm hoping they have not followed the shameful response of the USA. The act was designed to seek publicity and create a state of terror. It was terrorism regardless of the root causes.
newgalileo
I must agree that foreign news coverage was not fair. Those are ugly terrorists, as simple as that.
Camel
Al Qaida und Talibans are as well "resistance fighters".
lucifer
You don't think he planned to enter the hall at Ft. Hood when there were meetings going on? He had cards made with the title "soldier of Allah." That is just a stupid comment, which does nothing to justify your claims.
Camel
Like the US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who raped little girls and killed off the whole family in their sleep? Those were as well planned killings.

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