China´s and India´s War on terror

China´s and India´s War on terror

The Gaza war and the genocide accusations against Israel, now also before the UN court, are now giving China the opportunity to sharply reject genocide accusations against itself, especially against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, such as those coming from Adrian Zenz and the Jamestown Foundation, who claim 1 million Uyghurs in concentration camps, including a targeted sterilization and abortion campaign against Uyghur women, in order to carry out a kind of ethnic Hanification. Whereby China generally and diplomatically bliab, speaks of „certain states“ that speak of Uyghur genocide and also does not accuse Israel of genocide, but speaks of a „humanitarian tragedy“ in the Hamas war in Gaza.

“Certain countries spread ‘genocide’ rumors on Xinjiang, while turning blind eye to humanitarian tragedy in Gaza: Chinese FM

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 05, 2024 07:13 PM

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo: mfa.gov.cn

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin Photo: mfa.gov.cn


Certain countries are obsessed with spreading rumors of the so-called ethnic genocide and forced labor in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, while turning a blind eye to the current humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, which fully exposes their hypocritical double standards, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on a Friday press conference.

More and more foreign friends have visited Xinjiang, sharing their authentic experiences, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin when asked to comment on the remarks of Moiz Farooq, an executive editor of Daily Ittehad Media Group, who visited the Xinjiang region as a member of the Pakistani media think tank delegation in December 2023.

Farooq said in an interview that he saw the happy and fulfilling lives of the Muslim population in the Xinjiang region. „I saw Muslims there who were free to enjoy and practice their religion,“ said Farooq as quoted by Al Jazeera. „It is the agenda of the West to show the worst of Xinjiang and I now know that the stories are not true because I have seen how happily they are living.“ 

According to Wang, there have been over 4,300 foreign guests from countries and international organizations, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Egypt, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation who visited the Xinjiang region in 2023.

The foreign guests included government officials, religious figures, experts and scholars, media reporters, and ordinary people, Wang said. They listened to religious personnel preaching in mosques and Islamic seminaries, saw the protection and inheritance of the Xinjiang region’s culture in the streets and alleys, learned about the region’s production and development in factories and fields, and witnessed the happy lives of people of all ethnic groups in ordinary households.

Not just Farooq, Wang said other delegates such as guests from Japan and France also expressed their witness of peaceful and harmonious life of the local people, pointing out the claim of the so-called genocide of religion, language and culture, as well as forced labor were nonsense.

Wang emphasized that seeing is believing and the door of the Xinjiang region is always open. „China sincerely welcomes more friends from all countries to visit the Xinjiang region in person, to personally experience the beauty, harmony, prosperity, and stability of the region,“ Wang said.

In late December, Global Times reporters paid a visit to the Xinjiang region together with 15 representatives from Pakistani media and think tanks. The journalists and scholars told the Global Times that one of the most impressive aspects for them during a five-day on-site visit was the development of Muslims in the Xinjiang region and the religious freedom they enjoy. They called for more people who have misunderstandings about Xinjiang to visit the region.

Certain countries spread ‘genocide’ rumors on Xinjiang, while turning blind eye to humanitarian tragedy in Gaza: Chinese FM – Global Times

The real terrorists are not Hamas, which China has not declared a terrorist organization, but the Uyghurs. This is why a first academic report including an oral history of Chinese victims of Uyghur terror is now being produced. That these are ancient cases, especially after the USA, which still had the Uyghur East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which also sent holy warriors to Afghanistan and Syria, on the joint terror list after 9/11 in the War on Terror, which was blown up by the Chinese Communist Party as a huge threat and made responsible for attacks in China too, was removed from the terror list under Pompeo. But specific organizations are not mentioned at all. Somehow all Uyghurs are potential terrorists, which is why they are locked up for de-radicalization and terror prevention.

“Academic institute releases China’s first oral history of victims and survivors of terrorism

By Liu Xin and Zhao JuechengPublished: Jan 18, 2024 08:18 PM

The Institute for Communication and Borderland Governance of Jinan University held a seminar on January 18, 2024, during which researchers introduce the research project titled

The Institute for Communication and Borderland Governance of Jinan University held a seminar on January 18, 2024, during which researchers introduce the research project titled „Victims and Survivors of Terrorism in China: An Oral History“.


An academic institute which is part of Jinan University of South China’s Guangdong Province released on Thursday the first installment of the country’s first oral history of victims and survivors of terrorism in China with the purpose to fill the research gap and let more know the stories of this special group and to get a more objective understanding of China’s counter-terrorism efforts amid rumors spread by anti-China forces.

The Institute for Communication and Borderland Governance of Jinan University held a seminar on Thursday to release the report, during which researchers introduced that the research project titled „Victims and Survivors of Terrorism in China: An Oral History“ began in 2021. So far, they have conducted interviews with over 60 witnesses of violent terrorist incidents happened in various places of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, including Hotan, Kashi, Turpan and Urumqi, collecting over one million words worth of written records and over 90 hours of audio and video materials.

Xinjiang region was once severely afflicted by terror attacks and this is why the project started by interviewing victims in the region. The report will also conclude stories of survivors of terror attacks in Kunming and Beijing, Zheng Liang, director of the institute, who initiated the project, told the Global Times.  

The first part of the oral history report was released on Thursday, which included six survivors and relatives of victims talking about what happened to them and their beloved ones in a terror attack in Yecheng county of Kashi on February 28, 2012.

On that day, nine terrorists brutally attacked the pedestrians, shopkeepers, and other innocent bystanders in the Xingfu Road market, killing 13 and injuring 16 at the scene and two of the injured later died during emergency treatment. One terrorist was captured at the scene by the police, seven were shot dead, and one was wounded and later died.

The terrorists originally planned to attack the students from the nearby elementary and middle schools but then changed their plan after Turghunjan, an auxiliary police officer who was on duty found them suspicious. They hacked Turghunjan to the ground and started attacking pedestrians and people in the Xingfu Road market.  

The Thursday report included an interview of Tursun Talip, father of Turghunja, who recalled that day with painful memories. 

„When I arrived that day, people were already cleaning up the scene, but I could still see blood on the ground. I went back there the next afternoon, there remained some blood on the ground, and I was sitting there, looking at the blood and crying. All I had in my mind was the scene where my son was hacked to the ground. I could even hear him cry, ‚Dad, Dad…’“ Tursun revealed.

Tursun said that his son, who had been a hard-working person, was just doing his job that day but ended up brutally killed. „I want to ask those terrorists: ‚Don’t you cherish your own lives?‘ If the government allowed me to see these terrorists, I would tear them to pieces, which would not even ease my hatred.“ 

Aside from Tursun, the first installment of the report shares the stories of five survivors of the terror attacks. In the afterword, researchers noted that „for most of the interviewees, recalling the horrific experience they had years ago was difficult. The interview always began after hours, if not days, of psychological struggle. There was a survivor who told us before the interview, ‚I didn’t want to talk about it, but I think it is quite necessary to let more people know what happened back then, so I chose to speak out.’“ 

Zheng said that what happened to these victims showed that terrorism victims are completely indiscriminate in terms of ethnicity and when terrorists inflict harm, they do not consider your ethnicity at all. It also reminds us to remain highly vigilant against the possible resurgence of terrorism and not to forget the constant threat it poses.

Zheng, born and grew up in Xinjiang, also mentioned the previous reports on terror attacks mainly focused on the causes of terrorism and violent incidents but there is a lack of in-depth interviews and reports on the victims. The trauma suffered by ordinary people in these terrorist incidents is also insufficiently addressed. And the absence of the voice from this group of people sometimes leads to attacks on China with some overseas organizations claiming that terrorism does not exist in China, adding that terror attacks are the result of oppression against ethnic minorities.

This narrative has been fabricated by anti-China forces with political purposes, portraying the perpetrators of these terrorist incidents as victims, selectively ignoring the real victims, according to Zheng, noting that the project is to speak up for the voiceless, to record history and protect the victims, and also provide historical data for the study of contemporary governance in the Xinjiang region.

Moreover, the project is to support China’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts, making the international community aware that China, like other countries, has suffered from terrorism, and China’s counter-terrorism efforts are justified and legitimate, Zheng noted. 

Academic institute releases China’s first oral history of victims and survivors of terrorism – Global Times

Now that the Communist Party of China has presented an oral history of the Chinese victims of Uyghur terrorism, a white paper on anti-terrorism has now been published . This terrorism definition does not refer to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but apparently only to the Uyghurs. It would be interesting to know who that is supposed to be, now that the USA has taken the ETIM off its terror list and there are no others apart from this more marginal group, and that there have been no terrorist attacks for a long time and hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs have been sent to „re-education and integration camps, and the whole of Xinjiang is an essential go-west starting point from China’s Silk Road BRI to Central Asia as China also holds joint SCO military manoeuvres against separatist and terrorist groups via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and Xinjiang is now also filled with VBA and security forces and is a high-security zone in a state of emergency while in Central Asia and other parts along the New Silkroad in the world more and more Chinese so called Private Security Companies fill the other security gaps.One Belt One Road also needs some sort of Security Belt and therefore the Global Development Initiative with the BRI as its core (GDI)  is now complemented by a Global Security Initiative (GSI) and Global Xivilization Initiative under the Xi Jinping thoughts.

China releases white paper on legal framework and measures for counter-terrorism

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 23, 2024 09:06 AM

Photo: CFP

Photo: CFP


China on Tuesday released a white paper on its legal framework and measures for counter-terrorism, which sums up the characteristics of its counter-terrorism efforts over the past decades and exploration of the path of law-based counter-terrorism work.

The seven-part white paper, which was released by the State Council Information Office on Tuesday, is titled „China’s Legal Framework and Measures for Counterterrorism.“ In the foreword, it expounds on the necessity of counter-terrorism legal governance and outlines the framework for implementing counter-terrorism legal governance construction.

This white paper is China’s first systematic exposition of the legal system and practice of its counter-terrorism work, which will help the outside world gain a comprehensive understanding of the country’s counter-terrorism legislation and practices. It will also help dispel disinformation and refute rumors, especially on China’s counter-terrorism efforts in its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, analysts said.

In the main body, the white paper reviews the improvement of the legal framework concerning efforts in counter-terrorism in China, expounds on the clear provisions for determination and punishment of terrorist activities, shows how individuals‘ human rights have been protected in accordance with laws during the counter-terrorism work, and displays the achievements of China’s efforts in fighting terrorism.

The white paper also presents cases to enhance readability.

The State Council Information Office has previously released several white papers relating to counter-terrorism work in China’s Xinjiang region and they mainly focused on counter-terrorism, de-radicalization, human rights protection, and vocational education and training, showing the progress Xinjiang has made in terms of human rights protection, Li Changlin, a professor from the Human Rights Institute School of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times.

The white paper released on Tuesday is no longer limited to Xinjiang region, but focuses on the whole country, providing a more systematic exposition of China’s counter-terrorism legal system, Li said.

The white paper emphasizes the substantive legal basis, operation and supervision mechanisms, rights protection mechanisms in handling terrorist activities, as well as the achievements China has made in conducting counter-terrorism work in accordance with the law, the expert said.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202401/1305886.shtml

 Alleged joint counter-terrorism coordination also between China, Pakistan and Iran, especially as China wants to advance and secure its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as part of its Silk Road BRI as far as Iran and then the Greater Middle East in a race with the western project of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor.

“China, Pakistan and Iran hold first meeting of trilateral consultation on counter-terrorism, security

By Global TimesPublished: Jun 08, 2023 01:35 PM Updated: Jun 08, 2023 11:59 PM

Photo: www.81.cn

Photo: www.81.cn


China on Wednesday held a consultation meeting in Beijing with Pakistan and Iran on counter-terrorism and security, marking the first meeting of its kind.

The meeting creates a more profound institutional mechanism for long-term counter-terrorism cooperation among the three countries, and is likely to also establish a very important foundation for future cooperation in other security areas, experts told the Global Times on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at the routine press conference on Thursday that „Terrorism is a common enemy of humanity. China firmly opposes and strongly condemns terrorism in all its manifestations. We stand ready to work in close collaboration with Pakistan, Iran and other regional countries to resolutely crack down on terrorist forces that endanger the interests of the three countries and regional security.“

During the first meeting of the China-Pakistan-Iran Trilateral Consultation on counter-terrorism and security, which was held at Directors General level, in-depth discussions were held on the regional anti-terrorism situation and joint crackdown on cross-border terrorists, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday night.

Based on the outcome of the consultations, the three sides decided to institutionalize the trilateral consultation on counter-terrorism and security. 

Bai Tian, director-general of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Abdul Hameed, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, and Seyed Rasoul Mosavi, assistant to the foreign minister and director-general of the South Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran jointly held the meeting.

On the same day, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Nong Rong met with Mosavi and Hameed. China also held separate bilateral consultation and exchange on anti-terrorism with Pakistan and Iran.

This trilateral meeting marks an expansion of China’s multinational security cooperation mechanisms in the neighboring region, Zhu Yongbiao, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at Lanzhou University, told the Global Times on Thursday.

The participation of Iran in such mechanisms is greatly important for the continuation and further deepening of the mechanisms, he said.

In May, China also held trilateral talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan in Islamabad on the 5th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers‘ Dialogue, during which cooperation on counter-terrorism was also discussed.

Zhu noted that the addition of Iran to the cooperation mechanisms is significant from a geographical perspective, as the counter-terrorism situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan could also affect Iran. 

„For example, terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been crossing borders to hide in Iran, which also poses a threat to Iran itself,“ he said. „In the face of the current, more complex needs of fighting terrorism in South and Central Asia, it is natural for the three countries to strengthen cooperation.“

The agenda of Wednesday’s meeting is likely to have included issues regarding the security situation in and around Afghanistan, which is of great regional and international concern, and the situation on the Pak-Iran border in the Balochistan region, observers noted.

According to the Samarkand Declaration issued in April at the 4th Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting of neighboring countries of Afghanistan in Samarkand, the Republic of Uzbekistan, all parties acknowledged that the security situation related to terrorism in Afghanistan remains grave, pointing out that terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, including „Islamic State,“ the „East Turkestan Islamic Movement“ and „Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan“ continue to pose serious threats to regional and global security, and agree that anti-terrorism security cooperation among neighboring countries of Afghanistan should be strengthened and that a united front against terrorism should be established.

Zhu said that China, Pakistan and Iran are likely to reach many common positions on counter-terrorism, such as joint identification of some terrorist organizations and enhanced cooperation in combating cross-border terrorist operations. 

„There could also be more integrated and practical cooperation exercises, such as training and exercises for counter-terrorism technicians,“ he said. 
China, Pakistan and Iran hold first meeting of trilateral consultation on counter-terrorism, security – Global Times

However, the whole Chinese-Pakistani-Iranian anti-terrorism struggle is not yet working quite so harmoniously and in a coordinated manner, as Iran is now fighting suspected terrorists with missiles aimed at Pakistan, against which Pakistan is demonstrating and, conversely, Pakistan is now carrying out drone strikes against Baloch terrorists on Iranian territory without being asked, which is leading to disgruntlement and protests on both sides, which have been settled for the time being. Also funny: Tehran condemns the Pakistani drone attack against the Baluchis, but does not mention its missile attack. It is interesting that the missile strike comes one day after Putin’s announcement that he wants to conclude a military agreement with Iran. Do the mullahs now feel omnipotent and with Russian nuclear protection.

 “Iran condemns Pakistan’s drone attack, calls the move unbalanced and unacceptable

January 18, 2024 – 21:9

TEHRAN – Iran’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Thursday afternoon saying it condemns Pakistan’s “unbalanced” and “unacceptable” move in making drone attacks on the border area.

Pakistan made drone attacks on a border village inside Iran on Thursday morning, killing nine people, all Pakistani citizens.

Alireza Marhamati, the deputy governor of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province, said about 4:00 am local time three drones attacked a border village in the Saravan region which led to destruction of 4 homes and 10 deaths. The deputy governor said all those killed are Pakistani nationals. Earlier, the Iranian interior minister said the attack had happened 3 to 4 kilometers from the border with Pakistan.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, while being committed to the policy of good neighborliness and brotherhood between the two nations and two governments of Iran and Pakistan, does not allow foes to strain good and brotherly relations between the two countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in part of its statement.

The ministry went on to say that Iran considers “the security of the people and territorial integrity of the country as its red line and seriously expects the friendly and brotherly government of Pakistan to fulfill its commitment to prevent terrorist groups” to use „Pakistan’s soil“ as their bases.

Pakistan’s drone raids on the border village took place after Iran attacked the headquarters of Jaish ul-Adl, an Iranian terrorist group, in Pakistan’s border province of Balochistan on Tuesday night with drones and missiles. 

The ministry said the border post of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan attacked Jaish ul-Adl headquarters on Tuesday as it was observing a terrorist group was heading toward Iran to carry out another terrorist attack like the one that happened in the border city of Rask in mid-December last year in which 11 Iranian police officers were killed.

“The preemptive operation against this terrorist group… took place in the heights of the region and kilometers away from residential areas,” the statement added.

The ministry said this is “part of the inherent duty of Iran’s border guards in countering any imminent terrorist threat against the citizens of the country.”

At the end, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted that it “makes a distinction between the friendly and brotherly country of Pakistan and the armed terrorist groups and is always committed to its policy of neighborliness and doesn’t allow the foes and their terrorist mercenaries to strain this relationship especially at a time that the Zionist regime’s genocide and crimes (against the people of Palestine in Gaza) are the foremost issue of the Islamic world.”

Iran condemns Pakistan’s drone attack, calls the move unbalanced and unacceptable – Tehran Times

Now, however, clear backers are also being identified behind Baloch terrorism in Pakistan, namely India and its secret service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian CIA, especially as India in turn holds Pakistan and its secret service ISI responsible for supporting the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups, which are carrying out attacks in Kashmir and also on Indian soil, such as in a hotel in Mumbai, and also want to stir up the 200 million Indian Muslims and destabilize India. India wants to disrupt China’s beautiful new Silk Road, especially the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor along with the proposed Chinese port in Gwadar, which is in Balochistan, as Western forces in Myanmar, for example, are behind the support of the Arakan Army and other guerrillas to sabotage China’s plans to build a deep-sea port and pipeline in Rakhine.

“GT investigates: Evidences, sources prove India ’supports terrorism‘ in Pakistan’s Balochistan

Evil plots revealed

By 

Huang Lanlan

 and Cui FandiPublished: Jan 22, 2024 07:53 PM

Volunteers carry a blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, on September 29, 2023, after a suicide bombing in Mastung district that killed nearly 60. Pakistani officials told media that India's intelligence agency, the Research & Analysis Wing, was involved in the incident. Photo: VCG

Volunteers carry a blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, on September 29, 2023, after a suicide bombing in Mastung district that killed nearly 60. Pakistani officials told media that India’s intelligence agency, the Research & Analysis Wing, was involved in the incident. Photo: VCG


There are „solid bits of evidence“ proving that India supports terrorist forces in some Pakistani areas like Balochistan province, providing them with money, weapons, and training, some sources close to the matter told the Global Times.

While continually suppressing some of its rivals and neighbors in the international community with the excuse of anti-terrorism, India has secretly funded terrorist forces in Pakistan, in various parts of the South Asian country, such as its separatist-plagued Balochistan, inciting local secessionists to undermine regional stability through terrorist attacks, they revealed. 

Through looking into historical materials and related news reports from both Pakistani and Indian media sources, as well as speaking with sources and observers who are familiar with the situation in Balochistan, the Global Times found that India has a long history of backing terrorism in Pakistan. 

‚Concrete evidence‘

In December 2023, a commander of the Baloch National Army (BNA) separatist militant group, who had surrendered himself to the Pakistani government, disclosed that India has been secretly supporting terrorist activities in Balochistan and financing separatist forces in the region. 

According to Pakistani media sources, commander Sarfraz Ahmed Bungulzai made the announcement at a press conference in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. Bungulzai said that he thought his armed struggle was for Baloch rights, but later he realized that „India is involved in all these conspiracies.“

Bungulzai mentioned a helicopter crash in 2022, in which six Pakistani army officials, including a general, were martyred. He said at the press conference that the secessionist group Baloch Raj Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) had taken responsibility for the incident at India’s command.

„And after taking money from India, they shed the blood of their own Baloch,“ said Bungulzai, according to Pakistani news website Dawn.

A Pakistani source told the Global Times that once again, it shone a light on India’s behind-the-scenes villainy. 

However, Chinese observers said the commander’s surrender does not mean the collapse of the BNA, the group may have an impact on similar terrorist and separatist forces there.

Apart from the latest case pointing to India, a few years back, there was another case that indicated that India was probably supporting terrorism in Pakistan. 

In March 2016, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations released a confessional video statement of an Indian spy agent named Kulbhushan Yadav, who was reportedly arrested red-handed earlier that month while attempting to infiltrate Pakistan from the border area.

According to an article by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Yadav said in the video that he was a serving officer of the Indian Navy, and did intelligence gathering for Indian agencies under the cover name Hussein Mubarik Patel. 

„I was picked up by RAW (the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s alleged external intelligence agency) in 2013 end,“ Yadav said. „My purpose was to hold meetings with Baloch insurgents and carry out activities with their collaboration. These activities have been of [a] criminal nature, leading to the killing of or maiming of Pakistani citizens.“

Multiple instances have been highlighted by Pakistan’s security authorities on some international forums, illustrating how the RAW funds elements in Pakistan to spread unrest, observer Ali Abbas Ramay, a journalist with the City News Network Pakistan, told the Global Times. 

„Proof of India’s involvement in creating the BLA has been presented, including Yadav’s confessions,“ Ramay said.

The clues of India’s connection with terrorist forces in Pakistan could also be found in a few Indian media reports.

The Hindu, for instance, published an article in July 2019, stating „It is established that BLA (Baloch Liberation Army) commanders, in the past, had sought medical treatment in India’s hospitals, often under disguise or with fake identities.“ Pakistan designated the BLA as a terrorist organization in 2006.

The Hindu article referred to BLA’s militant commander who „was based in Delhi for at least six months in 2017,“ to receive „extensive treatment for kidney-related ailments.“ It is known that Baloch sardars „maintained warm personal ties with various Indian political figures,“ the article said.

Some of the related evidence has been made public. Many other concrete forms of evidence show that India backs terrorism in Pakistan, although they have not yet been released for a variety of reasons, said a source close to the situation in Balochistan.

„We have had the evidence long before,“ the source told the Global Times. He said that he was „100 percent“ sure that India has been funding the terrorist forces in Balochistan.

Double standard in fighting terrorism 

Some Pakistani scholars believe that India has a long history of continuous interference in Pakistan’s affairs.

For example, scholar M. Ikram Rabbani wrote in his book Comprehensive Pakistan Studies that the interference „can be traced back to the times of independence from the British rule.“ 

In his book, Rabbani cited Subrahmaniyam, a former director of the then Indian Institute of Defence Studies, who said during a symposium in March 1971 that „what India must realize that the breakup of Pakistan is in our interest and an opportunity which will never come again.“

Worse still, while supporting separatist groups to commit terrorist attacks in regions like Balochistan, India is good at taking the habitual tactic of a thief crying „stop thief“ in the international community, while slinging mad at Pakistan, Pakistani and Chinese observers noted.

India employs a consistent double standard toward terrorism, said Ye Hailin, deputy director of the National Institute of International Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. „If you look at India’s media and think tank reports, you will find that their descriptions of the terrorist attacks in Balochistan are completely different from those of the situation in Kashmir,“ Ye told the Global Times.

Ramay echoed Ye’s words, saying the evidence of India’s adoption of double standard in countering terrorism „is evident.“ 

He pointed out that India has sought to tarnish Pakistan’s image globally by leveling serious allegations of terrorism, aiming to deter investments and striving to include Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklist. 

The blacklist contains countries that the FATF deems to be non-cooperative in the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

„China firmly opposes double standard in counterterrorism,“ noted Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning at a press conference on December 27, 2023, while responding to a question asking about its comments on then-recent media reports, which said that the surrendered BNA commander disclosed that India has been secretly supporting terrorist activities in Balochistan.

„Terrorism is humanity’s common enemy,“ Mao said. „To support and use terrorist groups and let them thrive out of one’s selfish interests at the expense of international and regional security benefits no one and will only backfire.“
China-aid projects become targets of terror attacks

For years, China has been helping in economic development that has benefited local people through various investment and assistance projects across Pakistan. 
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), for instance, is a flagship project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proposed by China. Launched in 2013, it connects Pakistan’s southwest Gwadar Port with Kashi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, contributing to Pakistan’s infrastructure through energy, transport, and industrial cooperation.

China has been a true development partner to Pakistan through the CPEC and BRI projects, said Nouman Rashid, a media advisor of Pakistani media GNN News. „No matter how many problems may come up or whichever Pakistani political party comes into power, these projects are of the people and for the people,“ Rashid told the Global Times.

However, these projects became a target of some terrorist forces in Pakistan, who „believe that if they can hurt the Chinese nationals in Pakistan through terrorism, the BRI and CPEC projects can be compromised,“ Moiz Farooq, executive editor of Pakistan-based Daily Ittehad Medis Group, told the Global Times. 

Some terrorist activities are supported by Pakistan’s rivals who „always intend to sabotage the friendship between China and Pakistan,“ he added.

The suicide bombing which took place outside the University of Karachi’s Confucius Institute on April 26, 2022, was a typical tragedy targeting Chinese nationals in Pakistan, which killed three Chinese nationals and a local driver. The BLA claimed responsibility for the bombing the following day, and warned of more deadly attacks on Chinese targets.

Trying to split and destabilize Pakistan is the main purpose behind India’s backing of terrorism in regions like Balochistan, said Liu Zongyi, director of the Center for South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. „And now there is another purpose: To obstruct and undermine the construction of the CPEC.“

Balochistan is a key region of the CPEC, Liu said. „India supports separatism and terrorism in Balochistan and other regions in Pakistan, so as to weaken both Pakistan and China,“ he told the Global Times. „From the beginning, India has seen the CPEC as a geopolitical project that will hurt its so-called new opportunities in South Asia.“

To help maintain regional stability in some Pakistani areas, apart from the current anti-terrorism cooperation, China has made great efforts to support local economic and social development, and improve the living standards of the people there, trying hard to eliminate the root causes of terrorism and separatism at the source, Liu said.

„China’s projects are most beneficial for the people of Balochistan,“ noted Ramay. He mentioned that the Pakistan-China Friendship Hospital in Balochistan was recently completed, saying the hospital is „a major project to improve access to quality medical services in the region.“

„Today, the [China-aided] New Gwadar International Airport, hospitals, and mega projects for clean water, have been completed, bringing relief to the people of Balochistan,“ said Ramay.

GT investigates: Evidences, sources prove India ’supports terrorism‘ in Pakistan’s Balochistan – Global Times

After India is now suspected of having murdered Sikhs in the USA and Canada, whom it accuses of being terrorists, there were some diplomatic protests from the USA and Canada, which were quickly settled, however. Indian newspaper as Times of India or Hindustan Times  claims that these exiled Sikhs are separatists and terrorists who want their own Sikh state of Khalistan and have also carried out terrorist attacks in India in the past. They had also assassinated Indira Ghandi after the dispute over the Golden Temple of Anritzhar, and had also carried out attacks against civilian aircraft and bomb attacks. China sees another opportunity to rub salt in this wound and is now also hoping for an end to the US-Indian honeymoon, which is also opposing China’s expansion in Asia and the Indo-Pacific in the form of the Quad.


“Is the India-US honeymoon coming to an end soon?

By S.L. KanthanPublished: Dec 17, 2023 08:34 PM

Illustration:Chen Xia/GT

Illustration:Chen Xia/GT

There has been serious trouble brewing in the geopolitical paradise of the convenient but strategic alignment between India and the US. According to Indian media citing government sources, US President Joe Biden would not travel to India for the Republic Day parade in January. This diplomatic snub, aimed at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India as a whole, is indicative of a significant shift in US-India relations, and the consequences could be far-reaching. 

To understand the bigger picture, recent events must be analyzed as the culmination of numerous unfriendly American actions toward India. These are startling, given the deep economic links and the „shared democratic values.“ 

Theoretically, Americans should be extremely happy about their relations with India. Consider these three outcomes:

First, brain drain: America is able to lure the smartest engineers from India. 

Second, huge market: America enjoys a virtual monopoly in key sectors – social media, e-commerce, financial technology and more – in the rapidly growing Indian economy, which is projected to surpass Japan and Germany by 2030.

Third, narrative control: The No.1 English TV channel in India is CNN, and almost all the influential think tanks in India are pro-US. Regarding China, the Washington consensus permeates the mainstream narrative in India.

However, it seems the US is still displeased.

This year witnessed India and the West becoming entangled in multiple disputes. Firstly, there was a BBC documentary that re-examined the 2002 Muslim-Hindu conflict in Gujarat, which occurred when Modi was the chief minister of the state. Then came a classic Western attack using separatists. Canada – a member of the Five Eyes – accused the Indian government of orchestrating the assassination of a Sikh separatist in Canada. This was followed by an indictment in the US, which alleges that an Indian government official conspired in a murder-for-hire plot targeting Sikh separatists in the US.

Note that true allies never worry about America harboring dissidents – say, French Canadian separatists or Basque separatists from Spain. Only when a country is targeted for destabilization would the US government discover violations of human rights and freedom. China understands these subversion tactics, thanks to what the US has done on the island of Taiwan and in Xizang, as well as Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

More revealingly, Western media have been crying crocodile tears about democracy in India since Modi came to power. Here are some sensational headlines:

·“Modi’s India is where global democracy dies“ (New York Times)
·“Modi’s personality cult has replaced India’s democracy“ (Foreign Policy)
·“India’s authoritarian streak“ (Foreign Affairs, a publication of the extremely powerful Council on Foreign Relations)
·“‚Electoral autocracy‘: The downgrading of India’s democracy“ (BBC)

It’s very hard to please the US establishment, which demands total allegiance and submission from all its „allies.“

First, India cherishes its friendship with Russia, a unique and strategic partner. India’s refusal to ostracize Putin since the Ukraine war has irked the Biden administration, which foolishly hoped to devastate the Russian economy with sanctions. 

Second, US corporate overlords have been extremely disappointed with India’s progress in replacing China as the manufacturing powerhouse. Offshoring has been a very slow process, since India’s manufacturing capability is 20 years behind China. For example, about 10 percent of iPhones are being assembled in India now, while many components are imported from China.

Finally, India’s support for BRICS expansion and a multipolar world has made many Americans have doubts as to whether India is a reliable partner.

US elites are trapped in an echo chamber where they tell one another that America is the greatest country, its unipolar hegemony will last forever and China’s collapse is imminent. Astoundingly, these people are unaware of the emerging multipolar world, the game-changing expansion of BRICS, the Global South’s new paradigm of trade and development, the coming tsunami of de-dollarization, utter failures of US trade and tech wars against China, and Russia’s victory against the US and NATO in Ukraine. 

Given such a tragic state of affairs, it’s very likely that the US will ratchet up the pressure on India, punishing it for its strategic autonomy. If the honeymoon turns into a nightmare, I hope India will seek rapprochement with China, a neighboring ancient civilization. Ironically, the US might end up as the Western empire that made significant contributions to the rise of the Asian century. 

The author is a geopolitical analyst, columnist, blogger, podcaster, and writer based out of Bangalore, India. His work can be found on Substack, X and more. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

Is the India-US honeymoon coming to an end soon? – Global Times

At the moment, however, it doesn’t look like the honeymoon is coming to an end, even if Modi is playing Putin- FSB/GRU/KGB  or Mossad  when it comes to extrajudicial killings and assasinations  and the RAW is gaining some global prominence and attention, especially as he is not a well- known brand name to most people yet.

Pakistan, on the other hand, had supported the Afghan Taliban against the USA, India and NATO, especially as it, like China, now hopes to appease the Afghan Taliban after they seized power and become part of the New Silk Road, which is now taking its revenge, as terrorist attacks by the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist groups in Pakistan are increasing, especially as these groups operate across borders and also find a breeding ground for recruitment and operational bases in the mass refugee camps in Pakistan. Especially as the economic situation in Pakistan is becoming increasingly desperate, Pakistan’s government has now decided to deport the hundreds of thousands of illegal Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan – this type of remigration and mass deportation, which the AfD may have in mind as a model, is also being met with protest, especially as Iran is now also planning similar repatriations of Afghan refugees:

“Pakistan’s decision to expel illegal Afghan refugees draws backlash

“The repatriation of refugees should be done voluntarily and without any pressure or violence,” UNHCR says. 

By ARSHAD MEHMOOD/THE MEDIA LINEOCTOBER 6, 2023 23:44

 A boy plays with a tyre on an a street in an Afghan refugee camp in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ/FILE PHOTO)

A boy plays with a tyre on an a street in an Afghan refugee camp in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2017.(photo credit: REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ/FILE PHOTO)

[Islamabad] The Afghan Taliban strongly urged the Pakistani government to review its intentions to expel 1.7 million non-registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan based on Islamabad’s allegations that illegal Afghan immigrants are involved in the country’s security issues.

The Taliban’s chief spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a statement on Wednesday that “the behavior of Pakistan against Afghan refugees is unacceptable. The Pakistani side should reconsider its plan. Afghan refugees are not involved in Pakistan’s security problems. As long as they leave Pakistan voluntarily, that country should tolerate them.”

Afghan Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, who is also the son of Taliban founder Mullah Muhammad Umar, termed Pakistan’s decision to evict Afghans as painful and unjustified.

While addressing a police graduation ceremony in Kabul on Thursday, Mujahid said that “Pakistan’s crackdown against Afghans residing there is intolerable.”

He added: “We appeal to the UN, international community, Pakistani people, Islamic scholars, and political leaders to put pressure on the government to reverse the decision, which is causing friction among the two brotherly nations.”

 Afghan Taliban's Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during the death anniversary of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the late leader and founder of the Taliban, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/Ali Khara/File Photo)
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Afghan Taliban’s Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during the death anniversary of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the late leader and founder of the Taliban, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/Ali Khara/File Photo)

Mujahid further called on wealthy Afghan businessmen in Pakistan to transfer their assets to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also opposed Pakistan’s plan to forcibly remove all illegal refugees from the nation within the month and urged the government against doing so.

„Refugees should not be removed“

“No refugee should be forcibly removed from the nation; rather, the procedure should be carried out with the consent of the refugees,” Qaiser Khan Afridi, UNHCR spokesperson in Pakistan, told The Media Line.

“The repatriation of refugees should be done voluntarily and without any pressure or violence to ensure the safety of the refugees‘ life and property during their return,” Afridi added.

“We are hearing some disturbing news concerning the mass repatriation of unlawful Afghan migrants, and we urge the Pakistani government to address the problem,” he continued.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Pakistan announced that illegal immigrants would have to leave the country or face deportation by November 1.

The decision was taken during a special meeting of the National Apex Committee in Islamabad, which was chaired by the interim Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar.  

General Syed Asim Munir, Pakistan’s chief of army staff, also participated in the meeting.

A clear stand was adopted, which stipulated that just as action is taken against Pakistanis who go abroad without relevant documents as per law, the same action against foreigners staying illegally in Pakistan is also inevitable.

The majority of those impacted by this decision will be Afghan residents living illegally in Pakistan.

Following the government’s decision, a nationwide campaign against unauthorized residents, particularly Afghan nationals, was initiated. 

In this regard, the network of all national intelligence agencies is now being extensively utilized, according to a Pakistani ministry of interior official. Thousands of Afghan civilians have already been detained. Others will be deported, while those with official identity documents have been released.

Meanwhile, Federal Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti publicly stated that “there are currently 4.4 million Afghans living in Pakistan, of which 1.7 million are thought to be unregistered. The crackdown need not concern any Afghans who have registered with Pakistani officials.”

Bugti claimed that “Afghans were responsible for 14 of the country’s 24 suicide attacks this year.”

While addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, Bugti asserted that “the Apex Committee also decided that after November 1, no foreigner would be allowed to enter Pakistan without a passport and a visa.” Additionally, from October 10 to October 31, “only Afghan nationals who have an electronic identity card known as an E-Tazkira were permitted to enter Pakistan,” he added.

Although Afghans make up the great majority of migrants in Pakistan, Bugti claimed that the crackdown would apply to all nationalities and was not specifically targeted at Afghans.

The minister confirmed during his address that “in addition to setting up a special telephone number to reward members of the public who tip off authorities about such migrants, the government intended to seize the assets and property of illegal immigrants.”

The vast majority of Afghan refugees in Pakistan live in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with fewer refugees living in the Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab provinces.

The refugees live in urban and rural areas as well as refugee camps. 

The drive to deport Afghan citizens from Pakistan is taking place in the midst of tense relations between the two neighboring countries. Pakistani top officials claim that after targeting their country’s security forces, terrorists frequently cross shared borders and take refuge in Afghanistan. 

“It is absolutely outrageous that certain Afghan Taliban members assist the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and other terrorist organizations,” Balochistan Interim Information Minister Jan Achakzai told The Media Line. “It is also untenable that Afghan troublemakers are a part of Pakistan’s rising crime rate.” 

Achakzai also claimed that “there have been around 24 suicide strikes in Pakistan during the past nine months. Six Afghan suicide bombers were involved in the incident that took place in a Quila Saifullah fort. Additionally, three out of five Afghan terrorists were identified in the Zhob Garrison attack, and an Afghan suicide bomber has also been identified in the recent suicide attack in Hangu.”

Since the Taliban retook Afghanistan in 2021, militancy in Pakistan has significantly increased, especially in the two western provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, which both border Afghanistan. Pakistani security forces were targeted in the recent terrorist incidents that have plagued these provinces.

In the most recent act of terrorism, a mosque and a religious gathering were attacked last Friday in Mastung, Balochistan. 

In these occurrences, more than 60 people lost their lives.

These two particular incidents are driving the severe actions that Pakistan’s government is currently taking against illegal Afghan citizens.

The Media Line spoke with various analysts about the intense situation that prevails between the two countries. 

Karachi-based senior defense and strategic analyst Adeeb Uz Zaman Safvi, who is also a retired Pakistan Navy Captain and graduate of US Naval War College, told The Media Line that “since the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, almost half century has passed during which Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan. Eighty-five percent of these refugees have obtained national identity cards, which make them de facto citizens of Pakistan. Even their third-generation siblings have been studying in various schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan,” he said.

“Unlike Iran, where the refugees were confined to camps near the border, Pakistan was free for Afghan refugees to go anywhere, to do anything, and to enjoy the real freedom like other Pakistani citizens,” Safvi added.

He also told The Media Line, “Islamabad’s decision of deporting illegal residents back to Afghanistan and confiscating there businesses is certainly a most absurd and nonsensical narrative.” 

Kamal Alam, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, told The Media Line, “Afghanistan and Pakistan’s relationship despite the slogans is perhaps the most contentious issue dating back to Pakistan’s existence, even more so than India. Afghanistan was the only country that did not recognize Pakistan in the UN vote, and this has continued to this day.”

Alam further told The Media Line that, “whether it’s the Taliban or [former Aghan leaders] Najibullah, Ghani or Karzai, the fact of the matter is that Pakistan shall get no respite from the Afghan border. Simultaneously, the Afghans have a legitimate grievance against Pakistan for meddling in its affairs for more than four decades.” 

Alam claims that “both countries have supported militant groups against each other, and both continue to be hostile, either using refugee issues, narcotics or closing borders to blackmail overland trade.”

Faran Jeffery, COO of the UK-based Midstone Centre for International Affairs, told The Media Line that “Pakistan’s deportation campaign against Afghans appears to be an eyewash. Afghan Taliban have been calling on Afghans settled abroad to move back to Afghanistan since, according to the Taliban, Afghanistan is now stable and safe.”

He added that “Iran has already handed over hundreds of Afghans to the Taliban. And now it appears that Pakistan is doing the same.”

Jeffery also told The Media Line: “It is also worth noting that Pakistan is not going after Afghan Taliban leaders and their families who are settled and have businesses in Pakistan. In fact, it is believed that the majority of Afghans who will be targeted are the ones who fled the Taliban after the 2021 takeover. So, in short, this policy measure by Pakistan is actually in favor of the Taliban,” he added. 

Irina Tsukerman, a New York-based expert on national security and South Asian affairs told The Media Line that “the use of the security situation to execute potential expulsion of nearly 2 million men, women, and children who fled the Taliban is quite ironic and appears disingenuous. If Pakistan were serious about curbing terrorism, it would have started long before the influx of refugees to the country following the Taliban takeover in 2021.”

Added Tsukerman: “Moreover, parallel to the refugee situation, there has been no apparent effort by the Pakistan authorities to address the spread of extremism, to address the tribal politics, or to resolve the issues with the factions responsible for the terror attacks.” 

She further told The Media Line that “by deporting all of these people without any specific reason or evidence of involvement, Pakistan potentially violates international norms and laws regarding the treatment of asylum seekers and exposes nearly two million people to abuse, poverty, potential persecution, and possibly torture or death.”

Tsukerman concluded by saying, “Before blaming others, Pakistan must first decide who should rule its own state, as competing interests and opposing viewpoints help to entangle each other by fueling extremism.”


Pakistan’s decision to expel illegal Afghan refugees draws backlash – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

As if there wasn’t enough trouble already, the Islamic State now also wants to spread into the dominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan and is already attempting its first terrorist attacks in the dominantly Shiite Iran, especially as Iran, like the USA, pushed the IS back during  the anti-IS war in Iraq, including by the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Solemeini, who was murdered by Trump and whose memorial service has now become the target of IS revenge.

“Explosions were 1.5km and 2.7km away from burial place of Gen. Soleimani

Daesh claims responsibility for terrorist bombings in Kerman

January 4, 2024 – 22:0

TEHRAN – The Daesh terrorist on Thursday claimed responsibility for two bomb blasts that killed at least 84 people and wounded 284 others at a memorial for top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman.

In a statement posted on its affiliate Telegram channels, the terrorist group said two Daesh members had detonated their explosive belts in the crowd which had gathered at the cemetery in the city of Kerman on Wednesday for the anniversary of Soleimani’s martyrdom.

General Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike on January 3, 2020.

Earlier, an unnamed source told the official IRNA news agency that the first explosion at the cemetery in Kerman, the hometown of General Soleimani, „was the result of a suicide bomber’s action“.

„The suicide bomber in the first incident was a man who was completely dismembered as a result of the explosion and the identification of the suicide bomber is under investigation,“ it said.

„The cause of the second blast was most likely the same,“ the source told IRNA.

The sites of the explosions, the source said, was respectively 1.5 km and 2.7 km from the burial place of General Soleimani, where it was not possible to pass through the inspection gates in the area.

The United Nations Security Council in a statement condemned Wednesday’s „cowardly terrorist attack“ in Kerman and sent its condolences to the victims‘ families and the Iranian government.

Iran observed a day of mourning Thursday for those killed in the terrorist blasts. Meanwhile, Iranians prepared for mass protests after weekly prayers across the country on Friday, when funerals will be held for the victims.

Earlier Thursday, Iran’s top security body tasked the country’s intelligence, security and law enforcement organizations to promptly identify and punish those behind the Wednesday bombings.

The Supreme National Security Council held an ad hoc session on Thursday to hear and review the reports of the organizations, deciding that “the intelligence agencies should quickly track down the clues obtained from the terrorist operation and identify and introduce its mercenary perpetrators”, Press TV reported.

“The role of the corrupt minds who always supported the terrorists in targeting innocent women, men and children in different parts of the world, should be accurately identified and reported in this incident,” it said.

“The relevant institutions should take action to predict and prevent and deal decisively with the perpetrators and justly punish the perpetrators or supporters of this crime,” it added.

Daesh claims responsibility for terrorist bombings in Kerman – Tehran Times

In addition to the fight against terrorism, China is now also intensifying its fight against espionage .after the new security and agent law, now  public appeal to  and mobilization of the Chinese population to look for and report spies, including the MfS hotline 12339, now the CCP also publishes the first Gong Anju espionage comic for the CIA-hunting Chinese youth. Perhaps a new occupation for the young unemployed academics instead of land dispatch or  CCP promoted street vending start-ups ala Shanghai. Interesting in this context that the mouth piece  of the CCP Global Times brags about the ultimate destruction of all CIA networks a decade ago, as Stalin claimed at the time with the CIA and Gehlen´s Foreign Army East (Fremde Heere Ost) / BND networks in the Soviet Eastern Bloc. It is also interesting to note when this is supposed to have happened, namely around the time Xi Jinping came to power. Strangely enough, neither the Chinese media, nor the USA, nor even other media have reported on this. Was it embarrassing for the CIA or did it never happen, but then it is also strange that the Chinese did not exploit it so in the CCP propaganda  themselves. Or did both sides prefer to keep the results of intelligence wars to themselves and keep them under wraps.

However, the nationalist hardliner and former editor-in-chief of the Global Time Hu Xijing and China’s intelligence spokesman proclaim selfconfident or not so selfconfident and Fukuyama-like   that the US should not imagine that it can build up such a network ever  again, that was the ultimate end of history. At the very least, the entire mobilization of the Chinese population and Chinese youth now seems to be needed to ensure that CIA chief Burns, after his programmatic speech and open words about wanting to expand a giant intelligence network in China and Russia, might not make his dream come true after all. Maybe Chinese and their youth then also discover and see  CIA spies in the sandbox or classroom and want to take preventive measures. Perhaps it will be like the early days of the Gestapo, when it was soon no longer able to cope with the many denunciatory tips from the overzealous population.

China releases first national security-themed comic series adapted from real-life espionage cases

By Xu Keyue and Liu Caiyu

Published: Jan 07, 2024 08:04 PM

China's first national security-themed comic series Photo: screenshot from the official WeChat account of China's Ministry of National Security

China’s first national security-themed comic series Photo: screenshot from the official WeChat account of China’s Ministry of National Security

China’s Ministry of National Security unveiled its first national security-themed comic series on Sunday, which is adapted from real cases of counter-espionage operations cracked down upon by frontline officers. 

In bright-colored pictures and with an intriguing plot, the first episode tells the story of national security police officers who outsmart overseas spies, which, Chinese observers say, is particularly appealing to younger generations and can better improve public awareness of the importance of national security.

The ministry on its official WeChat account released the first episode, titled „The Secret Special Investigation Division (SPD).“ The episode features several excerpts including a scene where a person of Western appearance is being interrogated for suspected violation of the anti-espionage law. The comic series introduce several main characters.

Xiao’an, an experienced scout, has six years of experience in the national security organization. Dandan, a long-haired female police officer, excels in wrestling. Azhe, who wears glasses, is skilled in technical tactics and enjoys bubble tea while working. Laotan is an experienced police officer with undisclosed skills. Tan, the division head within the national security organization, has 25 years of experience.

The first episode concludes on a suspenseful moment as the SPD embarks on a case at the Xishan Mining Area, based on a crucial piece of intelligence.

According to the Ministry of National Security, the comic series is a salute to the Chinese People’s Police Day that falls on January 10 annually. 

The comics gained wide attention and positive reviews from the public soon after it was published. 

Li Wei, an expert on national security at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times on Sunday that the comic series is visually appealing to teenagers and children in particular and the impressions they form after watching the comic series are likely to be deeper, which can better foster awareness of national security among the young generation. 

In recent years, China has released multiple films and TV series in the national security genre, such as „Storm Eye,“ „In the Silence,“ „Enemy,“ and „Spy Game.“ All of these efforts aim to continuously improve public awareness of national security and bring this concept into the life of everyday people.

Li explained that as both the international and domestic environments are becoming increasingly challenging for national security, the areas and aspects touching national security are also expanding.

Only when every one of us considers safeguarding national security as our own responsibility and obligation can national security be better protected, Li said.

Since the official WeChat account of the Ministry of National Security launched in August 2023, the ministry has released 98 articles as of Sunday. The authority said in its first article on August 1, 2023, that counter-espionage work requires the mobilization of all parts of society, noting that national security is the foundation of national rejuvenation, while social stability is the prerequisite for national prosperity.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202401/1304933.shtml

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