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China's Politburo endorses campaign against Xinjiang extremists, says media

Published on May 26, 2014 9:06 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's elite Politburo endorsed a crackdown on extremists in Xinjiang on Monday, a day after police said they had smashed nearly two dozen groups in the aftermath of the far western region's deadliest attack in years.

China announced a year-long "anti-terrorism" operation in Xinjiang, home to a large Muslim Uighur minority, as well as nationwide, following a series of bloody incidents that Beijing blames on Islamists and separatists from the region.

China Central Television said the Politburo, a decision-making body of the ruling Communist Party, met under President Xi Jinping and discussed measures to counter extremists in the sprawling region that abuts ex-Soviet Central Asia.

Party leaders, the broadcaster reported, spoke in favour of "upholding ethnic unity" in Xinjiang and preventing the spread of religious extremist ideas.

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