China has 56 ethnic groups, with the majority Han comprising more than 91 percent of the country’s population of 1.4 billion people. Xi told assembled officials they must to prevent risks and hidden dangers in ethnic affairs. “[We] should hold the ground of ideology. [We] should actively and steadily address the ideological issues that involve ethnic factors, and continue to eradicate poisonous thoughts of ethnic separatism and religious extremism,” Xi was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
“International anti-terrorism cooperation should be also intensified, working with major countries, regions, international organizations and overseas Chinese ethnic minorities,” added Xi, who is general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee.