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Rapidly developing China-Pakistan relations encountered a hitch when local Chinese officials charged the leader of recent deadly episodes in Xinjiang of being trained in the Islamic nation.Pakistan’s spy agency’s director Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha quickly embarked on a short visit to the China to smooth out tensions amidst the accusations.
According to Voice of America, Pakistan is pledging full cooperation with China in combating Islamic radicals seeking Xinjiang’s independence from the mainland.
Pakistan’s alarm in China’s allegations further proves the Islamic country’s plans to replace the U.S. with China for financial and military support.
Last month, a Pakistan official traveled to Beijing to discuss engagements similar to former Pakistan’s past agreements with the U.S.
On Saturday, two men reportedly hijacked a truck and drove it into food stalls killing innocent bystanders. The next day, assailants barged into a restaurant and killed the owner and waiter before setting the place on fire. They then returned to the streets stabbing civilians nearby.
The attackers responsible for the death of 18 people were of Uighur origin and were shot and killed on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
China’s accusations reportedly stems from the confession of a captured attacker alleging that his leader was trained in bomb and gun-making with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a small Uighur group residing in Pakistan.
The statement hints at China’s growing impatience with Pakistan’s inability to control radical groups within their border.
Connecting the mainland with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia, Xinjiang is a recurring site for violent clashes between the Muslim Uighurs and ethnic Han Chinese.
Less than two weeks ago, a group of Uighurs stormed a police station in Xinjiang killing four people.
According to The New York Times, the word “Kashgar” is now censored on China’s Twitter-version microblogs.
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