Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Zhang Chunxian waves to the media after the Xinjiang delegation's group meeting at the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's parliament, in Beijing, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Chinese extremists have joined ISIS and authorities have broken up gangs that returned from fighting abroad, the Communist Party boss of China's western Xinjiang region said Tuesday, arguing that secrecy was needed to save lives.China says militants who want to establish a separate state in Xinjiang called East Turkestan are holed up along the ungoverned Afghan-Pakistani border, and have expressed concern that fighters are travelling to battlefields in Syria and Iraq.Around 300 Chinese extremists were fighting with ISIS, Chinese state media said in December, but officials have been vague about the extent of the threat.
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