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No terror attacks in restive Xinjiang last year: China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today claimed that no terror attacks took place in the restive Muslim-majority province last year due to heavy security crackdown but acknowledged that terrorists are still active there.

Resource rich Xinjiang, bordering occupied (POK), and Afghanistan, is on the boil for years following unrest among Uyghur Muslims over the increasing settlements of Han Chinese from other provinces.

It has witnessed some of the deadly terrorist attacks in recent years which also spread to other parts of The attacks were officially blamed on the (ETIM), which was linked to in the past and now to the

A large number of youth who managed to move out of have reportedly fought along with in

China, which has extensively deployed its security forces, apprehends that they may return and cause further violence in the province.

The recently denied reports that it is in talks with to build a military base in to counter infiltration of Uygur militants across the borders.

"There were no terror attacks in the Uygur autonomous region last year," the region's told China's parliament, the National People's Congress, (NPC).

"will continue to enforce the comprehensive anti-terrorism measures to keep the region stable," Shohrat Zakir, of said.

A series of new anti-terrorism measures have been introduced since was appointed as Party of in August 2016, state-run Daily reported.

They included setting up a network of police stations in all cities and townships to quickly react to any emergencies.

Significant results have been achieved in maintaining social stability in Xinjiang, which has always been the frontline of China's battle against terrorism, Chen said earlier in the annual NPC session.

"Fighting separatism and terrorism is our utmost priority. We will continue to strike hard against such activities and win a people's war in border control," Zhu Hailun, of the regional Political and told the legislature, the Daily reported.

Zhu said while Xinjiang's social situation has been stabilised, it is still in a phase in which terrorist activities are active. He warned that the fight against separatism and terrorism is a long-term one.

Maintaining social stability and long-term peace is the goal of Xinjiang, Zhu said.

"Due to the complicated international situation, needs to continue to strengthen its anti-terrorism efforts. There is no room for slacking off," Zhu said.

will take strict preventive measures against terrorist activities this year and see them firmly stamped out, said in this year's Government Work Report.

will step up security measures in key areas and border areas as well as enforce to maintain social stability this year.

It will further rely on technology to enhance front-line border control and improve infrastructure in border areas, such as improving road conditions, Shohrat said in January.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:45 IST