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Authorities in an ethnic Uyghur county of northwest China’s Xinjiang region have ordered that all tools used for cutting must be registered with police, with the user’s ID number engraved on the blade of each tool in an apparent bid to discourage its use as a weapon, sources say, reported Radio Free Asia (US).

The Jan. 8 order issued in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Onsu (Wensu) county covers pocket knives and butcher’s knives, axes, adzes, scissors, and other bladed tools, with compliance demanded by Jan. 10, sources told RFA’s Uyghur Service.

“We have already finished,” one Onsu resident said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“We had 11 tools, including scissors and axes. My husband’s ID number was engraved on them,” she said.
“The Onsu police department designated a place to do this in every neighborhood, so we took our tools there.”
“The whole county is doing this,” she added.
“Yes, we had all our bladed tools engraved with our ID number,” a second Aksu resident said. “We used my father’s ID number to have this done.”

Reached for comment, an Onsu county township police officer confirmed the order had been given.
“I don’t know where to do this, though. The police officer responsible for stability maintenance knows where tools should be taken to be registered,” he said.

China has vowed to crack down on what it calls the “three evils” of terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism in Xinjiang, but experts outside China say Beijing has exaggerated the threat from Uyghur “separatists” and that domestic policies are responsible for an upsurge in violence that has left hundreds dead since 2012.

On Sept. 18, 2015, a group of knife-wielding suspects attacked security guards and workers at a Chinese coal mine in Asku’s Bay (Baicheng) county, killing some 50 mostly Han Chinese mine employees. Nearly 50 others were injured in the attack.

Rights groups accuse the Chinese authorities of heavy-handed rule in Xinjiang, including violent police raids on Uyghur households, restrictions on Islamic practices, and curbs on the culture and language of the Uyghur people.

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Pishan County, China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region witnessed a violent attack on Tuesday evening. Three knife-wielding thugs attacked people in a residential compound, injuring 10, five of which were confirmed dead after being rushed to the hospital. All three attackers were killed by local police on the scene, reported Global Times (China).

Some Western mainstream media covered the news, but most of them added quotation marks to the word "thugs." The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), headquartered in Munich, defended the attackers, claiming they resorted to radical means because there was no way for people to show peaceful dissent. Such shameless remarks were quoted by Western media.

Haunted by terrorism in Europe, the EU is hanging in the balance while being suffocated. However, some Western people still stubbornly stick to the double standards on terrorism and extremism. As long as violent terrorism occurs in China and they don't feel the pain, they are interested in "what pushed those people to that terrible path" and refuse to join Chinese society in condemning violent terrorist attackers.

All violent attackers, especially suicide attackers, have their own self-claimed tragic but solemn reasons. From their perspective, all terror attacks are just or epic revenge.
But they are villainous. Whatever their reasons are, launching violent assaults on ordinary people go beyond the boundary between justice and evil.
Some Western people hold wrong views over good and evil. Self-interest has become their standard of judgment. They have hence turned into the animator, comforter and even accessory of violent assailants.

The WUC has not denounced the killers in Pishan County. It merely justified their act. If Western media has the correct stance over such a violent event in China, how dare they express sympathy to the attackers?

If an organization from Europe defends every terror attack in European countries, claiming the assailants are forced to revolt, asking EU nations to review their unfair treatment toward the attackers, can such a group be regarded legitimate in the continent?

When the terror slaughter happened in France, the Oriental Pearl tower in Shanghai, China was lit up in blue, white, and red, the colors of the French flag. Yet after thugs engaged in bloody crimes in China's Xinjiang, Western media quoted the WUC as defending the criminals. Western media, do you have a conscience?

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