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From west to east: a rise of terrorist activities near to China

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

12-11-2015 17:40 BJT

By Zhang Jinping, Anti-Terrorism Research Institute of Northwest University of Politics and Law

Currently, a new situation of terrorist activities around China has arisen. International terrorist forces are starting to move eastwards instead of engaging terrorists to take part in the activities in the Middle East.

Moving eastward

ISIS has recruited members from neighboring countries of China, and s sent some terrorists back to set up extremist organizations. International terrorist forces have found another way of mobilizing people to support the ideals of ISIS. The recent influx of followers is from China’s neighbors.

Since the situation of Syria has changed, it is hard for ISIS to control its scattered members. In a bid to avoid a devastating blow, ISIS began to recruit members from around the world.

The neighboring areas of China are included in this push to recruit new members in the so-called "domain" of ISIS. It is logical for them to send forces and to seek followers from these areas.

Additionally, some terrorists have become important guides to lead the eastward movement of international terrorists. For a long time many terrorist organizations have existed in the neighboring areas of China and some Afghan extremist groups have pledged loyalty to these organizations.

The mode of "building a state" through a movement eastward

As the terrorist group moves "eastward" along China's borders, the number of their atrocities will inevitably increase. In addition to violent attacks, they will become "obsessed" with "building a state" through armed forces in a bid to get actual control over a vast tract of land.

It was reported that in early December, 2015, some extremist forces in Afghanistan, that had a close connection with ISIS, occupied some regions and declared them as newly-established "provinces".

Efforts to "build a state" in regions such as Syria and Iraq emboldened the terrorist group to follow suit when they move "eastward".

Long-standing conflicts and complicated social issues around China's borders can easily be exploited by the terrorist group.

Focusing on conquering new areas

During the “eastward” movement, those terrorists will not only transfer and strengthen their forces in traditional strongholds such as Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan but also in new areas including Malaysia and Indonesia.

Terrorists in making China and its neighboring countries have succeeded in or tried to make countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia as their passageway to move "westward" to their destinations like Syria to conduct violent activities. These actions laid the foundation for the movement of people and materials and further laid the basis for terrorists to move "eastward".

The long-standing and complicated social contradictions and some local extremists provide an apt opportunity for terrorists to move "eastward". This will further enable the terrorist groups to expand and establish new strongholds especially given the aforementioned foundation.

In view of the “eastward” trend of international terrorist forces, the global society, especially China, must strengthen its anti-terrorist cooperation with neighboring countries, particularly as it relates to information gathering and sharing. This will assist with keeping a close watch on terrorists’ movement, breaking up their plots, and reducing the threat of terrorist attacks as much as possible.
 

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