Xinjiang Autonomous Region to Focus on Long Term Stability and Security as their Top Priority
China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng, stated that a long term stability and security are top priorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and emphasizes on the counterterrorism is the focus of local government work. Yu is also the chairman for the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference is making remarks at the grand rally in Urumqi the regional capital which also mark the 60th anniversary of the autonomous region meeting.
All policies and programs that are related to economic development, reform, people’s livelihood, ethnic minorities and religion must contribute to the final goal. Yu said that they should be fully aware of the severe situation that they are facing to maintain long term stability in Xinjiang. The government also addresses other social problems along the possibility that it will balance security efforts with economic development with counterterrorism as the focus of their current work. Yu said that Xinjiang’s notable development in the past 60 years especially in the fields of farming, agriculture, logistics, tourism, modern industry, transportation, infrastructure, and environmental protection. Yu also noted that the Gross Domestic Product last year was 115 times higher than in 1955.
A series of favorable policies that is introduced by the Communist Party of China led to the increase in the number of officials and professionals coming from ethnic minorities in the region. Figures that were released last month by the State Council and China’s cabinet that showed that the number of ethnic minority officials in Xinjiang was 46,000 in 1955 and has increased to 417,000 as of last year or 51. 4 percent of regional officials. Great efforts are made to raise morale and to unite the people of Xianjing so they will stand firmly shoulder to shoulder with the Party and the government in building an iron wall that will safeguards stability and security.
During his speech in Beijing, President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of ethnic unity as he met with 13 representatives from the five autonomous regions in the country namely Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Xinjiang and Tibet who were invited to celebrate China’s National Day. Xi stressed that not a single ethnic groups must be left behind in the process of building a prosperous society. Xi also urged people coming from all ethnic groups to care and love one another and to interact more and to make efforts to safeguard unity.
The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was founded in October 1, 1955, which is the home to the Uygur ethnic group, that accounts for 48 percent of the regional population. Xinjiang is also home to 12 other ethnic groups. Since September, Yu is leading a delegation that participated in a series of celebratory activities around the region this including visits to the Xinjiang Islamic Institute in Urumqi and Id Kah mosque in Kasgar city. Yu has been calling on religious leaders in playing a greater role that will maintain social stability in Xinjiang.