Militants trained in Pakistan and criminals manipulated by the exiled Dalai Lama were responsible for violence in some of China’s most remote and frequently restive regions, officials said here on Wednesday.
Local government delegates from Xinjiang, the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and adjoining Sichuan had their annual meeting with the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s Parliament on Wednesday.
At the end of their closely followed meetings, government-appointed officials from the regions blamed the violence on foreign hands – for riots in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, the blame was put on Pakistani-trained militants and for cases of self-immolation in TAR and Sichuan, culpability fell on the India-based Dalai Lama.
Recently, at least 20 persons including policemen were killed in Xinjiang and in the past one year, at least 25 Tibetan monks and lately civilians — three since Saturday—have set themselves afire demanding freedom.
“We have certainly discovered that East Turkestan activists and terrorists in our neighboring states have a thousand and one links," Nur Bekri, governor of Xinjiang said on the sidelines of the NPC meet.
In August, 2011, local government officials from Xinjiang had blamed Pakistan-trained militants for a sudden spate of violence; the region borders Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan among other countries.
“But officials, especially in Pakistan, have said over and over again they oppose any violent activities directed against China and will maintain China's national sovereignty and core interests,” he said.