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16-06-06, 11:26
U.S. Withdraws Terror Threat Warning In China

June 16, 2006 7:25 a.m. EST

Nidhi Sharma - All Headline News Contributor

Beijing, China (AHN) - Just one week after issuing the alert, the United States on Friday withdrew a warning about possible terror threats in China, following discussions with the Chinese government.

According to the embassy, "After further investigation and coordination with the Chinese authorities, the United States Government has determined that the information provided on June 9, 2006 no longer warrants a heightened level of concern."

"Our warden notice of June 9, 2006 is therefore retracted," it added, giving no further details.

According to Reuters news agency, after the killing in Iraq of al Qaeda militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. air strike, the U.S. had warned of a possible threat to its interests in China in the three major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It also included clubs, restaurants and other places that are popular with U.S. citizens.

Though the Asian nation has not traditionally been a target of terror attacks, but the government has accused ethnic Uighurs in its mostly Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang of using violence to aggravate for an independent East Turkestan state. The country is also waging a campaign against Uighur activists that has reportedly led to arbitrary arrests and closed trials.