The Chinese Foreign Ministry has responded to Turkish reports that
Turkey has detained two Chinese nationals suspected of being members of
the Islamic State militant group. The reports say the two were caught as
they attempted to enter Turkish borders last week.
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press conference there
has been collusion between an Islamic militant group active in western
China, and Islamic State. He said the group, named the East Turkestan
Islamic Movement, has been responsible for terrorist attacks in China,
and has also sent its members to conflict areas. And it is a grave
threat to stability and security in the region and internationally. Hong
said fighting the East Turkestan Islamic Movement is a part of the
international counter-terrorism campaign, and China will strengthen
international collaboration to do so.