World View: Uighurs Launch Massive Knife-Wielding Terrorist Attack in China

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • China's secret weapon in the South China Sea: 50,000 fishing boats
  • Uighurs launch massive knife-wielding terrorist attack in China
  • China says that some Uighurs are in Syria for jihadist training

China's secret weapon in the South China Sea: 50,000 fishing boats

As China moves into the South China Sea, annexing islands and territories that have historically belonged to other nations and threatening anyone who tries to stop them with war, China is using 50,000 fishing boats -- from privately owned craft to commercial trawlers -- as a strategic asset. Each of these boats is equipped with a satellite navigation system that gives the captain a direct link to the Chinese coast guard. In case of bad weather, or a Philippine or Vietnamese boat in waters annexed by China, he can signal the coast guard for military help. China is encouraging boat owners to fish in disputed areas historically belonging to other nations in order to establish a claim. The reason given for Chinese assertiveness is that China's per-capita fish consumption is 35.1 kg, nearly double the global average of 18.9 kg. The UN projects that by 2030 China’s fish consumption will increase more than 60% from 2008 levels, to 57.4 million tonnes (63.3 million tons) -- more than a third of the global total. 

China is aggressively asserting claims to the entire South China Sea, including regions that have historically belonged to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. China is building a network of airstrips and military garrisons in the South China Sea in clear violation of international law and refuses to participate in any United Nations mediation efforts. Reuters and Quartz

Uighurs launch massive knife-wielding terrorist attack in China

Dozens of knife-wielding "thugs," presumed to be Muslim Uighur separatists, conducted a "premeditated and carefully planned" attack on a government building and police station in Ailixihu, a town in China's restive northwest Xinjing province. The terrorists killed dozens of Han and Uighur civilians and destroyed 31 vehicles, presumably because of their association with the local branch of the hated Beijing government. The police killed "dozens" of the attackers. 

The attack occurred on Monday, but was kept secret by Chinese authorities, who issued the following censorship instructions to the media: "Without exception, all media must refrain from reporting on the violent terror incident in Shache County, Xinjiang."

Any news of the incident was scrubbed from the internet as soon as it was posted. However, news began to leak out to international media on Tuesday morning, and by Tuesday evening, Xinhua published a story.

There have been increasing numbers of terrorist acts by Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang province. Chinese authorities have been doing everything possible to suppress any practice of the Muslim religion, even going so far, a month ago, as issuing orders that Uighurs are not permitted to take part in traditional fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which ran this year from Saturday, June 28th through the evening of Monday, July 28. Uighurs were prevented from fasting in schools and public offices, and inspections were to be made on Uighur residences. The attack came on the last day of Ramadan. McClatchy and China Digital Times

China says that some Uighurs are in Syria for jihadist training

Wu Sike, China's special envoy for the Middle East, says that China is extremely worried because Uighur jihadists from Xinjiang province have gone to the Middle East for training and may have joined the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS) in order to join the fight in Syria or Iraq. 

According to Wu: 

Several hot spot issues in the Middle East have provided living space for terrorist groups, in particular the crisis in Syria has turned this country into a training ground for extremists from many countries.

These extremists come from Islamic countries, Europe, North America and China. After being immersed in extremist ideas, when they return home they will pose a severe challenge and security risk to those countries. They won't necessarily all return (to China). Some will remain to participate in the conflict, perhaps crossing into Iraq...

China is a victim of extremist, terrorist activities, and our support for fighting terrorism in this region is beneficial to us too. As a result China and those countries are in a closely knit community of shared interests.

People Daily and Reuters

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, Xinjiang, Uighurs, Syria, Iraq, Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria/Sham/the Levant, IS, ISIS, ISIL 

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