The move coincides with another report in China’s state-run People’s Daily Online that Chinese and Pakistani troops are now conducting joint patrolling of the China-Pakistan border at Xinjiang province.
People’s Daily Online
Xinjiang is in China’s west bordering Pakistan to its south and is a restive region. Both through propaganda and force, China suppresses religious rights in the majority Muslim region.
Analysts claim that this is the reason why some Uighurs – the ethnic Muslim community in Xinjiang – are fleeing the region to join Islamic State. Their route is through Pakistan – a country which has an ‘office’ of almost every major Islamic terror group in the world.
The security of the region is important because the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project runs through Pak-occupied Kashmir and connects Gwadar near Karachi to Kashgar in Xinjiang.