Chinese President Xi Jinping Makes Strong Call To Defend Against Terrorism
April 28, 2014 • 7:51AM

At a national security and social stability session of China's Politburo, President Xi called terrorism the common enemy of the people. He urged improving counter-terrorism systems and abilities and educating the public to build a "wall of bronze and iron" to fight against terrorism.

"(We must) make terrorists become like rats scurrying across a street, with everybody shouting `beat them!'" Xi said.

Resolute and decisive measures must be taken, maintaining high pressure, in order to crack down on violent terrorists who have been swollen with arrogance. Violent terrorists ignore basic human rights, trample humanism and justice and challenge the bottom line of human civilization.

Terrorism is neither an issue of nationality nor one of religion, but it is the common enemy of people of all nationalities, he said. He called on a resolute strike on secession, infiltration, and sabotage by hostile forces within and outside China.

There are internationally supported operations, encouraging violent separatism in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and in the Tibet Autonomous Region (and in surrounded provinces with significant Tibetan populations). A movement with similar aims, but with a very different profile, exists within China's Hong Kong.

Xi urged all regions and departments to shoulder responsibilities and cooperate to maintain national security and social stability which are "extremely urgent" for deepening reforms and realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. While China has managed to remain stable in providing a sound environment for reforms and opening-up, threats and challenges to the country's national security and social stability are increasing and reinforcing each other, he warned.