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|| Chinese parliament to target financing of terrorism|
Chinese parliament to target financing of terrorism |
February 26, 2006 4:05 AM
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, facing what it says is terror threat in its
restive far northwest, has sent a U.N. convention that tackles the
financing of terrorism to parliament for approval, Xinhua news agency
China has supported the U.S.-led war on terror, but human
rights activists accuse it of using the campaign to legitimise a
crackdown on Uighur activists in its remote northwest.
of the convention is about undermining the terrorist organisation's
economic support through stemming its fund sources," Xinhua quoted Vice
Foreign Minister Wu Dawei as saying on Saturday.
of the convention is conducive to stemming funds supplied by overseas
anti-Chinese forces to China's domestic terrorists, and helping
safeguard national security and social stability."
militants have been struggling for decades for self-determination in
Xinjiang, an autonomous region established 50 years ago.
Ethnic separatists, religious extremists and terrorists had been ...
"running wild for some time" in neighbouring regions,
two general warned last month, singling out Xinjiang, self-ruled
Taiwan, which China claims as its own, and the Himalayan region of
Wu said parliamentary approval would "showcase the
country as a responsible country in the international society". The
government signed the convention as far back as November 13, 2001, two
months after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Uighurs make up the majority of the 19 million people in Xinjiang,
which borders former Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and
China is especially keen to maintain stability in the region as it contains 30 percent of the country's oil reserves.
International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of
Terrorism, which gives signatory countries the power to charge people
suspected of financing terrorism and sets rules for repatriation, was
adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1999.
China's annual session of parliament opens on March 5.
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