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China seeking foreign counterterror experts: Report

Published on Jul 10, 2014 1:46 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China is recruiting foreign experts in counter-terrorism to assist the training of anti-terror personnel, state-run media reported on Thursday, following a spate of deadly attacks which authorities blame on Islamist-inspired separatists.

The People's Public Security University of China will offer visiting professorships to top specialists in the field from countries including the United States, Israel, Pakistan and Australia, the government-run China Daily said.

"The US and Israel have accumulated rich practical experience in fighting terrorism," Mei Jianming, director of the university's Research Centre for Counterterrorism, told the paper. "The US is advanced in overall strategic research, and Israel is very proficient at tactical action in fighting terrorism."

China has vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism - and last month executed 13 people - following several high-profile attacks blamed on militants from the far-western region of Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

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