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Chinese Embassy Refutes Reports in the Financial Times on Kunming Terrorist Attack
2014/03/07

The following is a letter from Mr. Miao Deyu, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, main part of which was carried in the Financial Times on 7 March under the title "There is no justification for the Kunming terrorist attack".

"We were deeply shocked and upset by the reports of Financial Times journalists on the violent terror attack on 1 March in Kunming, southwest China. Instead of condemning the terrorists for slaughtering innocent people, these reports went out to defend and exonerate the perpetrators by attributing the attack to the so-called "failure of China's containment policy". Such reports confound right and wrong, deviate from professional ethics and conduct and fail to show human conscience.

The brutality of the terrorists was laid bare on the evening of 1 March when they rushed into the Kunming railway station and started to hack down innocent people, including women, children and the elderly. 29 people were slaughtered and more than 140 were wounded. These attacks are below human and these violent terrorists that fed on the blood of innocent people are the common enemies of all mankind. The world has come together in strong condemnation of the attack, including the UN Security Council, the European Union, the United States, the UK and Germany. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pointed out, terrorist attacks cannot be justified under any circumstances and under any reasons and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. The world agrees, so does human conscience.

I hope the FT correspondents could answer my questions: Is there any justification for the killing? How would the English public feel if the media tried to find excuses for the horrible crime in Woolwich terror attack instead of condemning it?

Let me also single out the mistaken allegation that China has a policy of containment in Xinjiang. The Chinese government gives top priority to economic progress and social harmony in Xinjiang and has made strenuous efforts to this end. A handful of terrorists do not represent the people in a multi-ethnic Xinjiang, and this single attack cannot negate Xinjiang's development and progress."

 

Miao Deyu,

Spokesman, Chinese Embassy in the UK

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