What really pisses off the Chinese people is that many terrorists in China's Xinjiang are trained in Pakistan, China's close ally. USA and Europe, China's biggest trade partners, routinely fund and host World Uyghur Congress (headquartered in Munich, Germany) and other Uyghur Muslim separatist organizations. European countries also grant asylum to some alleged terrorists.
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New York Times Report:
BEIJING — Chinese security officials have issued a list of six suspected members of a militant group that they said is using Asian nations as staging grounds for terrorist attacks in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
A representative of the group, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, has claimed responsibility for a series of knifings and explosions that killed at least 18 people last July in Xinjiang, home to ethnic Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking people who comprise about 40 percent of the region's population.
Xinjiang has been the scene in recent years of several high-profile attacks, apparently by Islamic separatists protesting heavy-handed rule of Uighurs by China's Han majority. Uighurs say they face job discrimination and police repression, and complain of restrictions on their religious practices.
In a posting on its Web site late Thursday, China's Ministry of Public Security displayed names and photographs of the six suspects, five of whom it called key members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, and gave accounts of their alleged crimes. Their known assets have been frozen, the statement said.
The ministry stated that all six had engaged in terrorist activities in Central, West and Southeast Asia as well as "a certain South Asian country," believed to be Pakistan.
The East Turkestan Islamic Movement's presence in Pakistan is concentrated in North Waziristan, the most turbulent corner of the tribal belt, said Muhammad Amir Rana, director the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based group that follows militant networks.
Its influence among jihadi fighters is so strong that Abdul Shakoor Turkistani, the movement's leader in the tribal belt, was emerged as rumored successor to Osama bin Laden after his death last May, Mr. Rana said. "It indicated that they have a very effective network in these areas," he said.
Mr. Rana said that in the past year the movement has split into two factions — one focused on the separatist movement inside China while a separate hard-line faction, now known as the Turkestan Islamic Party, concentrates its energies on global jihad. The Chinese militant fighters are also present in northern Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, he said.
China has generally confined its remarks about Pakistan-based terrorism to expressing support for the Pakistani government's anti-militant efforts. But the authorities in the southern Xinjiang city of Kashgar charged in a statement last August that the leader of the attack there in July had trained at an East Turkestan Islamic Movement camp in Pakistan, China's neighbor and close ally.
The statement said that, while in various Asian regions, the suspects planned terrorist attacks, trained members, faked passports, bought weapons and posted videos online.
One suspect, Nuermaimaiti Maimaitimin, had claimed responsibility for the Kashgar attacks, which killed at least 18 people. About two weeks before, another 18 died in an attack on a police station in Hotan, another city in Xinjiang.
He had been sent to prison in the unnamed South Asian nation in 1999, the ministry stated, but had escaped in 2006.
The Chinese authorities have long said that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement poses a clear threat to stability in Xinjiang. Some human rights advocates discount that, saying the movement is small and largely ineffective and that many attacks, which involve crude weapons like knives, do not bear the earmarks of a terrorist organization's support.
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