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China reacts to Islamic State video


  • Bloody Islamic State video puts China in cross hairs / SCMP
    On Monday, thousands of troops paraded through the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the violence-stricken Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. On the same day, SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks jihadi media, released a video (paywall) apparently sourced from an Islamic State group in western Iraq that shows Uyghur fighters and their children in the battlefield and training camps, and “brutally executing informants.” The South China Morning Post quotes one of the Uyghurs in the video: “Oh, you Chinese… We are the soldiers of the Caliphate, and we will come to you to clarify to you with the tongues of our weapons, to shed blood like rivers and avenge the oppressed.” In response, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that China “proactively participates in international cooperation to crack down on terrorism.” A People’s Daily report on the matter quotes an academic who denounces “the double standard of Western­ media on the security in Xinjiang.”­

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