Xinjiang riots won’t shake overall stability

Source:Global Times Published: 2013-6-29 0:48:01

Fresh violence hit Hotan in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Friday, a second clash in three days following a terrorist attack in Xinjiang's Shanshan county.

Global Times reporters learned that more violence erupted in Xinjiang on Friday in addition to the Hotan incident - a rare situation since the July 5 riots in 2009.

People across the country firmly support social stability in Xinjiang, and strongly condemn the few violent terrorists who seek to create bloody incidents.

Recently, some violent terrorists have rioted in close succession, but they are an absolute minority in Xinjiang, and more so in the whole country. Via deliberate planning, they may quickly create incidents in a small region. But in the larger environment, where the force of justice dominates, there is zero possibility that Xinjiang's overall social stability will be overturned.

We call on Xinjiang police officers from various ethnic groups to remain calm. It is sad to hear of the tragedies, but we understand the special complexity of Xinjiang amid its social transformation, and the difficulty of maintaining social stability. People across this nation firmly support the endeavors of the Xinjiang police.

We call on Xinjiang residents from various ethnic groups to stay safe and work with local police. The public should not be frightened by the few rioters.

China has witnessed vicissitudes throughout its modern history, and Xinjiang has repeatedly undergone social turbulence. China, including Xinjiang, is experiencing unprecedented prosperity, and we must have full confidence that we can solve the problems we are confronted with.

We call on local authorities in Xinjiang and relevant central departments to inform the public more about the details of the incidents, and further allow real public feelings to be released. These public feelings are the best response to the rampant rioters. They can also serve as a basis for stabilizing social emotions in Xinjiang.

The latest violence will inevitably trigger another round of debate over autonomous policies in China's ethnic regions. But at the moment, while decisively fighting against terrorists, we must encourage local police, unite people from different ethnic groups, and boost their confidence that the macro situation in Xinjiang is stable and under control.

Western public opinion, standing upon Western interest, may make use of the incidents to try to fan the flames of trouble. We should ignore those noises.

Social transformation, reform and opening-up bring all kinds of problems, and we must face them. But the terrorism and violence in Xinjiang are probably not China's most serious challenge. We have adequate resources to eliminate them.

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