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Chinese President Xi wants 'Great Wall of Steel' to ward off IS, violence

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Chinese President Xi wants 'Great Wall of Steel' to ward off IS, violence

Tens of thousands of heavily armed troops have poured into the Xinjiang region

IANS  |  Beijing  March 11, 2017 Last Updated at 19:29 IST from the Business Standard

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Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the construction of a "Great Wall of Steel" to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability in the violence-hit Xinjiang region.
Xi made the remarks on Friday during a panel discussion with lawmakers from Xinjiang at the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), Xinhua news agency reported.
Xi called for safeguarding ethnic unity, and reinforcing solidarity between the military and government, soldiers and civilians, police and the publics.
"Xinjiang is an important security barrier in northwest China which holds a special strategic position and faces special issues," Xi said, adding that governing the region well is of great significance.
He stressed that maintaining stability in the landlocked border region, which has a history of ethnic violence and terror attacks, is a political responsibility.


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