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Xinjiang Party chief Zhang Chunxian has recently warned of an escalation of "infiltration and sabotage activities in the name of religion" and called the battle with extremism a "serious political struggle."

He also laid out a new set of standards regarding what virtues the government is looking for in religious leaders Taylor Moton Panthers Jersey , placing patriotism above all other requirements.

Zhang's comments highlight the Chinese authorities' determination to combat extremism as they see this problem not only as a security threat but also as a political danger as extremists seek to topple the government, analysts said.

They also pointed out that the authorities are strengthening national identity education to help bring people of different ethnic groups together.

Zhang, secretary of the Communist Party of China Xinjiang Committee, gave the speech at a conference of religious leaders in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Curtis Samuel Panthers Jersey , on Sunday.

More than 700 religious leaders from six different religions, including Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, attended the conference.

"There have been escalated infiltration and sabotage activities from foreign hostile forces that are disguised as religion," Zhang said Daryl Williams Jersey , adding that the battle against religious extremism is a serious political struggle and there is no room for conciliation.

"Religious extremism is not about religion. It's a political force with an agenda that goes completely against this government. Especially in Xinjiang, it's a life-and-death fight," Turgunjan Tursun, a research fellow at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

Wang Guoxiang Russell Shepard Jersey , an expert from the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, said the term "political struggle" could also imply that a more coordinated effort on the national level is needed.

Terrorists in the past year have attacked train stations, police stations and government buildings, mostly in Xinjiang, throwing bombs at police cars and running over civilians with vehicles.

Xinjiang police busted 181 terror groups in 2014 and 96 percent of terrorist plots were disrupted at an early stage Michael Palardy Jersey , the local government said.

Zhang also brought up a new set of standards that specify what attributes the government sees as necessary for religious figures, in which patriotism was placed above all other qualities but "maintaining local stability" was absent, despite featuring on the list of virtues that was used in 2014.

Zhang also called for the strengthened recognition of national identity and Chinese culture.

"What these religious figures can do is limited. The government has come to understand that their work should focus more on preaching and drawing people to the government's side instead of actually stopping terror activities," Tursun said.

"As for the national identity and Chinese culture, all 56 ethnic groups are part of the Chinese population. You can be a Uyghur and Chinese. The term is comprehensive Matt Kalil Jersey ," he noted.

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Seoul, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Civic group activists in South Korea on Tuesday voiced concerns about the deployment of a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system as it was expected to trigger arms race in Northeast Asia and escalate regional tensions.

Three civic group activists held a press conference for foreign correspondents in Seoul to express strong opposition to the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment, about which President Park Geun-hye agreed to talk with the U.S. side.

The decision came in response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) rocket launch and nuclear test. Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket, which outsiders see as a banned test of ballistic missile technology, on Feb. 7 Devin Funchess Jersey , after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6, the fourth of its nuclear detonations.

Hours after the rocket launch, South Korea and the United States announced a plan to begin talks about the THAAD deployment to defend against what they claimed was growing nuclear and missile threats from the DPRK.

"Can it prevent another rocket launch? Can it stop another nuclear test? Can it encourage North Korea (DPRK) to abandon nuclear programs? Is the THAAD an answer to those questions? Absolutely not," said Park Jung Eun, deputy secretary-general of People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula were also escalated by the United States and South Korea Shaq Thompson Jersey , according to the activist. The U.S. military flew a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber after Pyongyang's nuclear test, and has deployed two F-22 stealth fighters in South Korea following the rocket launch.

Some of ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers demanded the deployment in South Korea of tactical U.S. nuclear weapons, while some even called for South Korea's own nuclear weapons development. "Fear and anxiety are caused by North Korea (DPRK) and also by U.S. and South Korean governments and politicians," said Park.

The THAAD deployment is widely believed to escalate regional tensions and arms race as its radar can locate missiles far beyond the DPRK territory. The X-band radar can spot missiles as far as 2,000 km with forward-based mode and 600 km with terminal mode. As the two have the same hardware Daryl Worley Jersey , the terminal mode, which South Korea plans to adopt, can be changed into the radar with a much longer detectable range.

"Will neighboring countries, including China, sit idle and do nothing? Arms race will be inevitable James Bradberry Jersey ," said Park. The activist noted that backlashes from China and Russia had been expected as the radar can cover the region far beyond the DPRK, stressing that the THAAD deployment will not be in South Korea's interests diplomatically, militarily and economically.

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