China issues alert in Algeria
China has urged its citizens in Algeria to take extra care, after reports that a militant group might take revenge for the recent deaths of Muslim Uighurs. On Tuesday a UK-based security firm reported that an al-Qaeda-linked group had threatened to target Chinese workers in north Africa. The Chinese foreign minister recently appealed for understanding within the Muslim world in the wake of the unrest. On Tuesday the London-based risk firm Stirling Assynt reported that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb had threatened to target Chinese workers in north Africa. In response to the report, the Chinese embassy in Algiers has urged all 50,000 Chinese who live and work in Algeria to be more aware of safety precautions. It told residents to strengthen security measures "in consideration of the situation after the 5 July incident in Urumqi".
One nation which has seen a particularly strong anti-China reaction in the wake of the Urumqi violence is Turkey. Demonstrations have been held across the country to protest against the Chinese government's handling of the incident, and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Chinese of "genocide". Uighurs are Turkic-speaking people and share linguistic and cultural bonds with Turks. Turkish news agency Anatolia reported on Wednesday that a Chinese diplomat, Song Aiguo, was in Ankara for talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.