Syria backs China: Diplomat claims Uighur 'terrorists' helping rebels
Trying hard to explain the recent gruesome clash between Chinese security forces and Uighurs in the Chinese Central Asian province of Xinjiang, the Beijing government has blamed "Muslim terrorists" trained by Syrian rebels to destabilize the Chinese government.
The Syrian government, it develops, has been more than willing to corroborate China's claim and paint the Uighurs as terrorists.
The Bashar al Assad's regime is now claiming that scores of the Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs are fighting alongside Syrian rebels against government forces inside Syria.
"According to our intelligence, there are about 30 East Turkistan Independence Movement terrorists who went to Turkey after they had received military training in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region," Assad's ambassador to China, Imad Mustafa told the official Chinese communist newspaper People's Daily on July 2.
"We share with the Chinese government our intelligence in toto," he said. "We fully support the Chinese government's measures to restore order in Xinjiang against the Uighur terrorists," adding "we believe more and more Chinese are understanding what the Syrian government is doing to suppress the terrorist attacks. Terrorists are our common enemies."