Date
11 December 2017
Police walk past cleaners removing blood stains at the scene of a knife attack at the Guangzhou railway station on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Police walk past cleaners removing blood stains at the scene of a knife attack at the Guangzhou railway station on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Terrorism rising in China, says national security blue paper

Terrorist activities in China are on the rise and mainly targeting government institutions, police and the army, Beijing News reported Wednesday, citing the government’s first national security blue paper.

With Chinese overseas interests expanding and strengthening, China also will be facing increasing risk of international terrorism, the blue paper warned, adding that such activities will have greater impact on Chinese nationals abroad.

At home, terrorist activities have been increasing in the past years, the report said. At least 10 such attacks were reported in the country in 2013 alone.

“One of the biggest security threats is violent terrorism,” Feng Zhongping, deputy director of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, was quoted as saying.

The report said western hostile forces have taken a diversified, expanded and covert approach in China, including infiltrating missionary activities. Violent assailants involved in terrorist attacks last year were all religious extremists, it said.

“Religious infiltration has posed a serious threat to China’s ideological security, and also endangers the country’s national security, so we must be highly vigilant about this,” the blue paper said.

The paper hailed the establishment of the National Security Council as a strategic move to safeguard national security.

Meanwhile, deputy public security ministers Fu Zhenhua and Liu Yanping made inspection tours of railway stations in Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, to ensure that local police and other law enforcement units are fully prepared for any possible terrorist attacks, Beijing Times reported.

This came after six people were injured by knife-wielding assailants at the Guangzhou railway station on Tuesday, the third such attack on civilians in train stations in just two months, the report said.

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