Sunday, June 19, 2016

A New Report: China’s Response to Terrorism - The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

China’s Response to Terrorism 

Murray Scot Tanner   with James Bellacqua 

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission - June 2016

Executive Summary
This report was prepared in response to a request from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review  Commission  for  a  study  on  China’s  efforts  to  comb at  terrorism.  It  analyzes  (1)  China’s  evolving   definition  and  perception  of  its  terrorist  threat,  (2)  China’s  strategy  and  policies  for  combating   terrorism,  (3)  the  institutional  infrastructure  that  executes  China's  counterterrorism  policies,  (4)   China’s   evolving   approach   to   international   cooperation   in   counterterrorism,   and   (5)   the    opportunities for, and challenges of, U.S.-China cooperation on countering terrorism.  
The following are the key findings.  
It is difficult to determine the nature and magnitude of China’s terrorism problem.
An  absence  of  detailed  information  released  by  the  Chinese  government  on  violence  in  China,  and   the  lack  of  reliable  alternative  means  for  independent  corroboration,  make  it  difficult  to  identify,   assess, or measure acts of terrorism occurring on Chinese soil. In some cases, acts of violence that  Chinese officials and state media have labeled as terrorism do not meet the definitions of the term  that are widely accepted outside of China. Concurrently, other cases of violent crimes that observers  would   describe  as  terrorism  using  these  definitions  are  sometimes  not  described  as  terrorism  by   Chinese  authorities.  Key  questions  are  left  largely  unaddressed  in  Chinese  official  statements  and   authoritative media reporting, and adequate independent sources concerning the details of reported  incidents are often also lacking.