Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Liu Jianchao told a press conference that “the camp was linked to international terrorism” but he gave no proof to substantiate his allegation.
Eighteen alleged terrorists were killed and 17 arrested in the attack on 8 January in the northern Xinjiang province. A police official was killed in the clash and another was wounded.
The training camp is located in the Pamir Plateau in one of the highest altitudes of the region that borders
Ministry of Public Security spokesman Wu Heping said: “The United Nations had identified the ETIM as a terrorist group on
He continued: “The criteria and legal basis for identifying terrorists are defined by our criminal law, internal security demands and by the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation's Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism.”
On this basis, “Chinese police will continue to closely monitor the situation, use force, strengthen international co-operation and crack down on the crimes of any terrorists and their groups. It must do so to maintain the stability of border areas and to protect the lives of those living there.”
However, groups lobbying for human rights groups in