This photo taken on February 27, 2017 shows a Chinese military policeman attending an anti-terrorist oath-taking rally in Hetian, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. / AFP / STR
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Islamist separatists in western China pose the "most prominent" challenge to the country's security, economy and social stability, the China Daily newspaper quoted a top security official Friday as saying.Beijing has long said it faces a determined campaign by a group known as the East Turkestan Independence Movement, or ETIM, in the far western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent years in attacks and unrest between mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs and the majority Han Chinese.Underscoring the region's importance in the eyes of China's ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping attended a Xinjiang delegation meeting Friday on the sidelines of the country's annual parliamentary session, one of a select group of provincial and regional meetings Xi joins every year.China denies there is any repression in Xinjiang.China has dismissed such reports.
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