“This Global Times reporter has recently exclusively learned from the Chinese anti-terrorism authorities that since 2012, some members of the ‘East Turkestan’ faction have entered Syria from Turkey, participated in extremist, religious and terrorist organisations within the Syrian opposition forces and fought against the Syrian army,” the newspaper said.
It blamed the traditional suspects, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement for planning to carry out attacks in China.
“At the same time, these elements from ‘East Turkestan’ have identified candidates to sneak into Chinese territory to plan and execute terrorist attacks,” the report said.
“It is a serious violent terrorist attack. China has firmly opposed to any terrorism. The collusion between ETIM and relevant forces poses great threat to the country,” Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokesperson, said.