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China says policies on Xinjiang region "completely right"


China said Monday it remains committed to sternly cracking down on violent attacks in the country's volatile Xinjiang and policies on the far-west region it has so far taken are "completely right."

In the wake of last week's deadly attack in the region's capital Urumqi, Chinese leader Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party's Central Committee, the state-run news agency Xinhua said.

"The stability of Xinjiang is strategically vital to the whole country's reform and development as well as its national security," Xinhua quoted a statement issued after the meeting as saying, adding that highest priority should be put on "the fight against violent terror attacks and religious extremist forces."

Some experts say the central leadership's high-handed policies toward ethnic minority Uyghurs in the region have fueled resentment among them.

But the leadership under Xi said the party's policies on the region have been "proved completely right," according to Xinhua.

The attack Thursday morning at a market in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, killed 39 people and wounded more than 90 a day after the Chinese president pledged "zero tolerance" for terrorism, separatism and extremism.