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Chinese region mandatory vessel monitoring system in motor vehicles

Chinese region mandatory vessel monitoring system in motor vehicles

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All motor vehicles in the region Bayingol in the western Chinese province Xijiang must, before 1 July, are equipped with satellite tracking systems. The measure should help in the fight against terrorists.

“Cars are the main means of transport for terrorists, and are also often used to terrorist attacks”, wrote the traffic police of Bayingol earlier this month on the microblog Weibo.

With the tracking system based on China’s own Beidou-navigation satellites can cars be taken anywhere”, wrote the staatskrant Global Times Tuesday. Also can owners their cars are easy to find if it is stolen.

Cars that are not of the required systems are provided, from the 1 of July at gas stations in Bayingol no longer operated. They should also not more second-hand are sold.

Uyghurs

It is sparsely populated Bayingol covers a large part of Xinjiang. Most of the violence in the province is located more to the south, in Kashgar and Hotan, where Uyghurs live.

Uighurs are a predominantly muslim people of Turkish descent. The Chinese authorities blame the unrest in the region on separatist islamic extremists, but mensenrechtengroepen and exiles say that anger about the oppression of the religion and culture of the local population by the authorities and the Han-Chinese have a greater role to play.

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