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Hu pushes for 'harmonious' Xinjiang

PRESIDENT Hu Jintao yesterday called on authorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to pay attention to reform and development as well as ethnic unity and stability in order to build a "prosperous and harmonious socialist" Xinjiang.

Hu made his first trip to Xinjiang after last month's deadly riots, urging government officials and security forces to focus on maintaining stability in the region and warning separatists that they are "doomed to fail."

Expressing gratitude to the armed forces, militia and police for their role in ending the July 5 violence in Urumqi, Hu said, "The key to our work in Xinjiang is to properly handle development and stability."

On a four-day inspection tour that ended yesterday, Hu visited villages, farms, communities, factories and barracks in Aksu, a predominantly Uygur area; Changji, a trading hub between China and Central Asian nations; Karamay, a major oil base; Shihezi, the headquarters of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps; and the regional capital of Urumqi.

"You should make upholding social stability the most urgent task and maintain great strength to ensure triumph in the struggle to maintain stability in Xinjiang," Hu told a group of soldiers and police who had been involved in ending the Urumqi riots that left nearly 200 people dead and 1,700 injured.

"Victory in the struggle against the rioters shows the strength of the Party and the people," Hu said.

"The splittist forces are doomed to fail, and their sabotage activities will not shake the stable development of reform in Xinjiang," he said.

Hu said Xinjiang must stick steadfastly to the central tasks of economic development, maintaining social stability and promoting ethnic unity and common prosperity among all ethnic groups.

He visited Zhao Li, the widow of Wan Jingang, a policeman who was killed by rioters in Urumqi on July 5 and promised assistance from the government if her family gets into any difficulty.

He assured villagers and farm families that more efficient measures would be taken to support ethnic minorities.



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