Hong Kong—Xinjiang’s public security border defense force established the first service center for frontier soldiers in Xinjiang, a government-run news media reported today. Chinese authorities are giving increasing support to frontier soldiers.
Sunday, the first service center for frontier soldiers was open in Kashgar, the westernmost city in China, located near the border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, said the Legal Daily, run by the central commission of politics and law.
The Kashgar service center is just a start. “The service center mode will be introduced in the whole Xinjiang, ” said Wen Lechen, director of the political department of Xinjiang’s PSBDF. “We will offer unstoppable motivation and endless supports for frontier soldiers to win the war of anti-terrorism and to protect the local stability,” he said to the Legal Daily.
According to the Legal Daily, the service center will provide daily-living supports, legal service, career guide and medical help for 2,000 frontier soldiers and their family members.
Some of the services are as specific as offering school buses for soldiers’ children, helping repair household water and electricity equipment, removing furniture and sending doctors to home for emergency cases.
“I had to manage all things at home. Now there is a service center, I can ask for help,” said Song Liya, wife of a police officer Guo Peng, working in Qizilsu Qirghiz border defense team. “I’ll keep fully supporting my husband’s work,” she said to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The center will also cooperate with related legal assistance organizations to help soldiers to deal with legal affairs, and to protect the rights of soldiers and their family members.
In the northwest of China, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region borders eight countries—Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and its population was mostly Uighur.
During recent years, ethnic tension has been a severe problem in Xinjiang. In 2009, with large-scale ethnic rioting in the regional capital, Urumqi, about 200 people were killed. Most of them were Han Chinese, according to Chinese officials.
Since then, more troops have been sent to Xinjiang to fight against terrorists, violence and national separatists, as Chinese officials addressed.