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Obama names shady Chinese group in terror cooperation call

BEIJING (AFP) – US President Barack Obama named a shady group linked to attacks in China’s mainly Muslim far west as he called for cooperation with Beijing on anti-terror efforts in an interview with Chinese state media.

Beijing regularly blames an organisation it calls the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for a series of deadly attacks in its Xinjiang region, home to the Uighur minority.

“Terrorist groups like ETIM should not be allowed to establish a safe haven in ungoverned areas along China’s periphery,” Mr Obama said in written interview with China’s official Xinhua news agency published late Monday.

Violent attacks and clashes in and related to Xinjiang over the past year have claimed more than 200 lives, and China has been keen to link what it calls a domestic fight against terrorists to global anti-militant efforts.