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Loss of face: Xinjiang blast on heels of Xi visit deals blow to ‘total national security’ policy

Special to WorldTribune.com

President Xi Jinping’s concept of “total national security” was put to the test when a bomb exploded in the Urumqi Railway Station Wednesday evening, April 30, just a few hours after the supremo ended a four-day inspection trip to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Heavily armed Chinese paramilitary police march past the site of the April 30 explosion outside the Urumqi South Railway Station.  /AP/Ng Han Guan

Heavily armed Chinese paramilitary police march past the site of the April 30 explosion outside the Urumqi South Railway Station. /AP/Ng Han Guan

The blast, which killed at least three and wounded 79, took place as CCTV was broadcasting a 20-minute news report about Xi’s first trip to Xinjiang after taking power in November 2012.

Accompanying Xi was a large delegation including member of the Politburo Standing Committee in charge of Xinjiang Yu Zhengsheng, as well as Politburo member and Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong.

It was a big loss of face for Xi, who just two weeks earlier introduced the concept of “total national security” at the inaugural meeting of the Central National Security Commission (CNSC), a new superagency charged with enforcing tougher tactics to uphold all aspects of state security, including fighting terrorism.

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