According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for building a “great wall of iron” around China’s restive far-western region of Xinjiang.
Don’t worry, Donald. He was speaking metaphorically. We’re pretty sure, at least.
At a panel discussion with NPC deputies from Xinjiang on Friday, Xi laid out his blueprints for this “great wall of iron” which is aimed at “safeguarding national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability.” Apparently, instead of being built with metal, this wall will be built with platitudes.
“Let people of all ethnic groups feel the Party’s care and the warmth of the motherland,” Xi said, stressing the need to “guide” people of different ethnic groups to “enhance their sense of identity with the motherland, the Chinese nation, Chinese culture, the CPC and socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
Xi also made sure that the lawmakers knew that Xinjiang acted as an important “security barrier” where maintaining stability is a political responsibility of “great significance.”
The Chinese president’s lecture follows a surge of violence in the region which China has responded to through a massive show of force with 10,000 troops parading through the streets of Urumqi. However, on that same day, ISIS released a chilling video warning to China staring Uighur fighters who promised to “shed blood like rivers” when they return home to Xinjiang.
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