The mass police rallies in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are "a declaration of war" on terrorism and serve as a deterrent to terror acts, a law enforcement official said on Sunday.
Sarhit Ahan, deputy secretary of the Communist Party of China Xinjiang Committee's politics and law subcommittee, said on Sunday at a press conference during the ongoing two sessions in Beijing that the rallies showed the local government's resolve to fight terrorism and to safeguard Xinjiang's social stability.
"Due to the global rise of terrorism and the infiltration of religious extremism, terrorism remains a serious threat to Xinjiang," Sarhit said, noting that Xinjiang residents support the rallies.
In recent months, Xinjiang has held several mass police rallies following a series of terror attacks in the autonomous region.
In February, more than 10,000 armed police staged a rally in Urumqi, as authorities rolled out a rapid-response air patrol system to quell unrest which the government blames on Islamist militants.
Shohrat Zakir, Xinjiang government chairman, said developing southern Xinjiang is a key government work.
He noted that the local government plans to add 110,000 jobs in southern Xinjiang in 2017 and provide 15 years of free education for local children, from kindergarten to high school.