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Turkey, China pledge close security cooperation to tackle militancy

AP
Published Aug 3, 2017, 3:27 pm IST
Updated Aug 3, 2017, 3:31 pm IST
Human rights groups have long accused Beijing of oppressing its Uighur population and inflaming a cycle of radicalisation.
Hundreds, if not thousands of Uighurs who have fled China in recent years have travelled to Syria to join Islamic militant groups or simply escape persecution and find a new home. (Photo: Representational/AP)
 Hundreds, if not thousands of Uighurs who have fled China in recent years have travelled to Syria to join Islamic militant groups or simply escape persecution and find a new home. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Beijing: Turkey has vowed to root out militants plotting against China as the two countries pledged to collaborate on a security issue that had been a source of friction.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday in Beijing that Turkey would treat matters of China's security as its own, signalling close cooperation and a tougher stance against suspected Uighur militants hailing from China's Xinjiang region.

 

Uighurs share cultural and linguistic ties with Turks and many have sought asylum in Turkey. Hundreds, if not thousands of Uighurs who have fled China in recent years have travelled to Syria to join Islamic militant groups or simply escape persecution and find a new home.

Human rights groups have long accused Beijing of oppressing its Uighur population and inflaming a cycle of radicalisation.

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Location: China, Peking, Peking




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