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China airs ‘frustration’ after US report challenges Beijing’s terror attack findings

Washington accused of 'double standards' after China questioned over who it blamed, especially Uygurs, for attacks such as 2013 Tiananmen car blast

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 May, 2014, 1:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 May, 2014, 6:52pm

Beijing expressed strong frustration over a US report that criticised China for failing to provide sufficient evidence of terrorist involvement in recent attacks and its reluctance to step up counter-terrorism co-operation with Washington.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry late last night accused the United States of having “double standards” and making “irresponsible remarks” a day after the US State Department released the Country Report on Terrorism last year.

In general, Chinese authorities did not provide detailed evidence of terrorist involvement
US State Department report

The report challenged some of Beijing’s conclusions on who was responsible for recent violence, including a deadly car blast at Tiananmen Square.

“China expresses dissatisfaction towards the remarks concerning China in the report,” ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in the statement.

“On the anti-terrorism issue, making irresponsible remarks towards other countries and pursuing double standards will not help international co-operation on counter-terrorism.”

The criticisms come at a sensitive time when China’s west has just been rocked by an alleged suicide bombing at a railway station in Urumqi, the capital of the restive Xinjiang region, while President Xi Jinping was visiting the region.

Officials have so far blamed Wednesday's blast on “religious extremists”, killing one and injuring nearly 80 people.

The Country Report said Chinese authorities had labelled as “terrorism” several incidents of violence involving Uygurs, a mostly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic minority concentrated in China’s westernmost regions, especially Xinjiang.

It cited the Tiananmen explosion on October 28 last year, when a vehicle carrying three Uygurs careened into an ornamental bridge and exploded, killing all those onboard and two tourists.

Chinese authorities said it was a terror plot by the separatist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

But the State Department report said: “There was no independent evidence to suggest ETIM involvement.”

“In general, Chinese authorities did not provide detailed evidence of terrorist involvement, and restricted the ability of journalists and international observers to independently verify official media accounts,” it said.

Qin said China was opposed to linking terror attacks to specific ethnic or religious groups, but asserted Beijing would “resolutely crack down on terrorism at its root”.

The US report also said China’s co-operation on counter-terrorism issues “remained marginal, with little reciprocity in information exchanges”.

“Chinese law enforcement agencies were reluctant to conduct joint investigations with US law enforcement agencies or provide assistance in cases involving suspected terrorists,” the report said.

Qin argued that China always supported conducting such exchanges with other countries, but it should be based on mutual respect and equality.

“China falls victim to terrorism and always firmly opposes terrorism in any form and terrorist acts conducted or backed by any person under any name,” Qin said.

Li Wei, a counter-terrorism expert at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, called on Washington to respect China when stepping up anti-terror co-operation.

Yang Shengmin, an ethnic affairs expert of the Minzu University of China, pointed out that the US had transferred six suspected Uygur terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the Pacific island nation of Palau, ignoring China’s demand for repatriation.

Twenty-two ethnic Uygurs were captured after the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. When the US moved towards closing the Cuban detention facility, all were eventually resettled to six different countries including Slovakia, Palau, the Maldives and even the United States instead of China.

Washington cited the Chinese government’s “history of mistreating” Uygurs for the decision, according the The New York Times.

“When the US accuses China of not willing to co-operate, the US is also reluctant to co-operate with China,” Yang said.


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Masako Owada
911 was no terrorist attack too. Just some fly boys landing on the wrong place. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are innocent.
Masako Owada
If the suicide bombing in Urumqi is not a terrorist attack then the 911 attack in 2001 wasn't a terrorist attack too. So Osama bin Laden is only a pious religious leader and the US must have murdered him without reason too.
Max Diethelm
Your sinister logic means Muslims attacking the Philippines are not terrorists but freedom fighters. So 911 was the action of freedom fighters too. You also don't have to be a Muslim to hit the US. So that makes the US a terrorist state for suppressing freedom fighters. Hope some of the freedom fighter can slice you into pieces and BBQ your ar$e.
M Miyagi
The US won the war on terrorism by attacking the wrong country Iraq! Talk about collateral damage.
1) 911 was indeed not a terrorist attack, but an act of war. The US could have seen it coming for 30 years, and should have known better.
2) Big difference is that the US were not occupying and colonising Saudi Arabia (Bin Ladens home country) and killing and oppressing the local population.
3) What has religion to do with this? Do you think the Uighurs would not fight against the Han colonisers if they were not muslim?
Yeah the rest of the world will not be fooled by China. There are no terrorist attacks. These are resistance fighters opposing China's colonial rule and oppression.
why should china even bother to reply or feel there is a need to explain to every Americano reports...
it should start and end with..."who cares about your report " or mind your own business...or wow...why we are not surprised !!! or gee......really ??
if there is an deadly attack in usa, they call it terrorist act and if china has the same issue, they say china deserve it... double standard at its finest hour..
just like who even wants to reply back to dat below dude with the no porco/babi icon having the same mentality...a waste of time really.......
Resistance fighters who murder innocent civilians? How quaint.
M Miyagi
If terrorism is good for China it will be even better for the USA which have more enemies than flies in a Brahmin cow's ar$e.
"US were not occupying/colonising"? you've got too much cool aid in your system! US killed hundreds of thousands of muslims just in "Operations Iraqi Freedom" alone. according to Pentagon, we presently have troops in 75 countries engaging in 146 "active operations". finally, the ENTIRE USA came from white people slaughtering, racial cleansing of indigenous american people. in 1800, there were 20 million indigenous native americans in north america. today, fewer than 2 million.



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