Rising threat from returning Syria militants, says China

China said in the past a number of Uygur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province went to Syria to fight by joining IS forces.

By: Press Trust of India | Beijing | Published: September 11, 2014 8:47 pm
isis-L ISIS parading their flag in Iraq.

China on Thursday warned that some of the militants who fought along with Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq and Syria have started returning to their home countries posing a security threat to Beijing and Central Asian states.

China said that as part of the regional Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), it has worked out a plan of action to deal with the militants. The SCO has strengthened monitoring of both the Internet and members of the “three evil forces” who have come back from such hotspots as South Asia, West Asia and North Africa where they honed their terror skills, Zhang Xinfeng, director of the Executive Committee of SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency told state-run Xinhua news agency.

Chinese officials in the past said a number of Uygur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province went to Syria to fight by joining IS forces and some of them were caught when they returned. “They (militants) tend to incite religious extremism, recruit followers and plot terror attacks via the Internet,” Zhang, an anti-terrorism expert from China said.

“Every SCO member state has extremists of this kind who are fighting in Syria and Iraq. These people have started returning to their homeland, which constitutes a major threat to regional security,” Zhang said. The SCO comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan is holding its two-day, 14th summit at Dushanbe beginning today.

Officials say that India and Pakistan, which have observer status in SCO could become regular members soon as the bloc is expected to take a decision to admit new members. Zhang said SCO member states have submitted to the agency relevant information earlier in the year, and plan to work out joint measures against militants of the “three evil forces” later this year, Zhang said.

“Our goal is to eradicate threats to the region’s stability before they cross the borders,” he said.

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  1. P
    Sep 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    This was going nice all along until China proposed India and stan to become members of SCO. If Chinese still rate India and stan on par, it is unfortunate. At the base of issue, stan has umpteen times been bed as fertile ground for terrorists with an extremely week Government to check any such activity. Let it gain a very good, stable and strong Government, well planned and executed road-map to be terror-free and above all, its willingness in understanding importance of peace within country and with neighbour, which may take 50 to 100 years if decided to go ahead now. If stan is on its body, India cannot, not because stan is enemy state but total loss of integrity in resolving issue.
    1. Nirvikar Goel
      Sep 12, 2014 at 6:54 am
      Good line of action.
      1. P
        Sep 12, 2014 at 10:34 am
        What has the commies aka the Chinese parties of India and other sickulars got to say on this ?