China seeking foreign counterterror experts

By AFP
Published: July 10, 2014
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A file photo of China's flag. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of China's flag. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING: China is recruiting foreign experts in counter terrorism to assist the training of anti-terror personnel, state run media reported Thursday, following a spate of deadly attacks which authorities blame on militant inspired separatists.

The People’s Public Security University of China will offer visiting professorships to top specialists in the field from countries including the United States, Israel, Pakistan and Australia, the government run China Daily said.

“The US and Israel have accumulated rich practical experience in fighting terrorism,” Mei Jianming, director of the university’s Research Centre for Counterterrorism, told the paper.

“The US is advanced in overall strategic research, and Israel is very proficient at tactical action in fighting terrorism.”

China has vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism – and last month executed 13 people – following several high profile attacks blamed on militants from the far western region of Xinjiang, home to the mostly Uighur minority.

Since late last year the attacks have spread outside the region and targeted ordinary citizens rather than government or security personnel.

They have included a fiery vehicle crash at Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s symbolic heart, in October and a knife assault at a railway station in southern Yunnan province in March that killed 29 people.

Rights groups accuse Beijing of cultural and religious repression that fuels unrest in Xinjiang. The government, however, argues it has boosted economic development in the area and that it upholds minority rights in a country with 56 recognised ethnic groups.

The People’s Public Security University of China plans to put 80 counterterrorism specialists, who will be taught to use sub machine guns, sniper rifles and other weapons, through a rigorous four year programme to combat the rising threat, Mei said, according to the report.

“The lessons and training will focus on intelligence gathering, investigating special cases, network information technology, technical and tactical anti-terror action and related international judicial cooperation,” Mei said.

The university’s president Cheng Lin added: “We urgently need to cultivate counterterrorism specialists to improve our preventive and terror-fighting capabilities.”

Counterterrorism in China has been “riddled with problems”, he said, among them “insufficient intelligence-gathering capabilities”.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • pks
    Jul 10, 2014 - 12:49PM

    Join India, Israel, USA, Russia, CIA, RAW, MOSSAD, KGB, MI6,………. keep ISI away

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  • Jul 10, 2014 - 2:00PM

    Nice to hear that China sought Israel help in counter terrorism operations. I suggest Pakistan also take help from Israel.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Jul 10, 2014 - 2:32PM

    My advice to China is to avoid any more bloodshed and animosity against Muslims. US and Israeli experts are only experts of manipulating truth and inventing hysteria. Look how foolish Israeli-backed Mumbai attack seemed to the world.

    @pks: You Indians should stay out of Muslim affairs. We can only take you serious if you vacate Kashmir. It is only a matter of time when pressure will come on you again to give freedom to Muslims of Kashmir. Are you ready to do the right thing?

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  • Loala
    Jul 10, 2014 - 3:24PM

    Why Chinese are persecuting Muslim brothers in Xinjiang province. I feel very sorry for them. Hans Chinese openly sell pork there thus hurting the sentiments of our brothers. This year they have even banned fasting during Ramadan.
    Why is our government keeping quite and not protesting against Chinese government. Even the US which is not a Muslim country has asked china to respect Ramadan.

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  • yasir
    Jul 10, 2014 - 3:43PM

    I hope rehman Malik applies.

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 10, 2014 - 6:16PM

    @Loala:

    Hans Chinese openly sell pork there
    thus hurting the sentiments of our
    brothers.

    Hate to break the news but Muslims area a distinct minority on this planet and most people enjoy eating pork. You have no right to impose your religious views on others – especially in a non Muslim country.

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  • Roshan
    Jul 11, 2014 - 1:47AM

    @Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan:
    who is going to put pressure on India to vacate kashmir??? India is not Pakistan to act under anyone’s pressure. India gives equal rights to all her citizens and freedom to follow their religion. So if anyone is still unhappy they can leave India and go wherever they feel happy.

    @Loala:
    Your govt is keeping quiet because your entire existence is India centric and kashmir centric. you are least bothered about muslims anywhere else including your own country. Moreover, you have no friends in the world, USA and NATO have kicked you in the butt so you are left with enemy’s enemy my best friend…. thats how you cant say a word against china.

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