China’s massive anti-terrorism crackdown on a massive swath of the country’s population, including a new ban on all international travel, has sparked concern that China is no longer taking seriously its international obligations and that it is no more concerned about terrorism than it was when it first implemented the restrictions in 2012.
In fact, the Chinese government appears to be moving toward a new phase in its anti-terror campaign: the mass travel bans.
According to a report by the Washington Post, China’s state media outlet People’s Daily recently published a lengthy editorial criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump for his decision to impose the travel ban, saying it “has been designed to suppress the countrys global efforts against terrorism.”
In a statement to the Post, the White House said the new travel ban was meant to make “the U.N. Security Council more accountable to the United States for the threats it poses to the safety and security of the United Nations.”
“We continue to support the UNSC’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law and strengthen security in our region and beyond, and we will continue to work with the Security Council and other international partners to protect the interests of U.E. and international peace and security,” the statement said.
“This is a difficult situation, but China is doing its best to maintain international peace, security, and prosperity,” the White, House and Pentagon said in their statement.
“We welcome the United Nation’s decision to uphold international law and the rules of the international community to ensure the safety of U of E citizens.”
In its statement, the China-U.S.-Japan Strategic Dialogue and Cooperation Council said that the new restrictions would “encourage terrorist activities in the region” and “severely restrict the movement of persons and property in the China and U.A.E.-U.K. areas.”
According the China Daily, China will impose the new ban from November 2, 2018, to February 13, 2019.
China has been accused of being soft on terrorism in the past, but in recent years has taken steps to crack down on the country´s most prominent homegrown terrorist groups.
“China has made efforts to improve its domestic security in the aftermath of the 2011 SARS pandemic, but has not taken the necessary steps to curb the activities of the terrorist groups that have emerged after the 2009 earthquake and subsequent nuclear meltdown,” according to a January report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Since then, China has taken measures to improve the security of its citizens, but there are still questions about whether China has the capacity to control the terrorist threats in the country.
The United States has also faced criticism for failing to clamp down on violent extremism in the United Arab Emirates, where the Islamic State group has been operating in a bid to take over the entire nation of more than 200 million people.
U.A., which has also seen a resurgence of violent extremism, was recently designated as a “terrorist state” by the U.K.-based Interpol.
This report originally appeared at The Washington Post.