Date
23 September 2017
Defense Minister Chang Wanquan says the border areas must be secured in the interest of national sovereignty and development. Photo: Xinhua
Defense Minister Chang Wanquan says the border areas must be secured in the interest of national sovereignty and development. Photo: Xinhua

China vows to tighten security on southwestern border

China has vowed to step up security on its southwest borders, which adjoin Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, the PLA Daily reported Tuesday, citing Defense Minister Chang Wanquan.

During a tour of Dhong, Baoshan and Nujiang cities in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, Chang stressed that China must ensure the security of the border areas in the interest of national sovereignty and development, the paper said.

“We must strictly control the borders, and according to law, crack down on violent terrorism, drug production and trafficking, and other criminal activities,” Chang was quoted as saying.

In March, 29 people were stabbed to death at a train station in Kunming, capital of Yunnan. Beijing blamed the attack on militants from the restive Xinjiang region.

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