China would step up its fight against terrorism at home as part of its efforts to contribute to the global anti-terrorism campaign in the wake of the US attacks, the Minister of Public Security, Jia Chunwang, said yesterday. Mr Jia's comments, made at a three-day forum of the Asia-Europe Meeting Group in Beijing yesterday and reported by the China News Service, were the first by the head of the nation's police after last week's attacks. Police have linked several terrorist attacks in the mainland to Islamic separatists in Xinjiang. In February 1996, a bus bomb in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, left nine people dead and 58 injured. Containing the activities of Islamic nationalists in Xinjiang has long been a state priority. Mr Jia also called for co-operation from the international community to remove the 'breeding bed' of terrorism. 'The reaction to this tragic incident demonstrates, once again, the urgency and importance of strengthening dialogue, extending co-operation and jointly combating international terrorist activities and other transnational crimes,' he said. The Asia-Europe group links the 15 European Union members and the European Commission with China, Japan, South Korea and seven of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.