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Xi urges 'great wall of iron' for Xinjiang's stability

By Xinhua

Xi urges 'great wall of iron' for Xinjiang's stability
People buy fruit at a stall in Lukqun town, Shanshan county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region . (Zhen Shixin / for China Daily)

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a "great wall of iron" to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during a panel discussion with national lawmakers from Xinjiang at the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress.

Xi stressed that maintaining stability in Xinjiang is a political responsibility

Xi called for safeguarding ethnic unity, and reinforcing solidarity between the military and government, soldiers and civilians, police and the people, as well as between the production and construction corps and local communities.

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.

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He stressed that maintaining stability in Xinjiang is a political responsibility, and that stability-related issues must be handled in a thorough, timely and proper manner.

He called for efforts to make long-term strategies, strengthen the foundation, and achieve lasting peace and stability in Xinjiang.

Meanwhile, a regional government official said Friday that Tibet has taken a "clear-cut" stance against separatism and has resolutely cracked down on secession and sabotage activities by the Dalai Lama clique in 2016.

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Qizhala, chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region government, said in a speech delivered to a panel discussion of the Tibet delegation during the annual session of the 12th National People's Congress.

"The overall situation of the region has entered a period of lasting stability and harmony," Qizhala said in the speech on the regional government's work in 2016.

The government has sent officials to villages, introduced a "grid management" system in cities, and effectively advanced the multi-layered social management system, Qizhala said, adding the government's capacity in governing according to law has continuously improved.

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