China issues ‘color revolution’ warning

China’s defense minister warned Kazakhstan to be wary of intervention by outside powers, saying Beijing opposes “color revolutions” Read Full Article at RT.com

China issues ‘color revolution’ warning
27 Apr, 2022 03:22 HomeWorld News

China issues ‘color revolution’ warning

Central Asia must be wary of interference by ‘major powers’, China’s defense chief said

The Chinese defense minister said Beijing stands opposed to foreign intervention in Kazakhstan, warning of “color revolutions” launched under the guise of protests while vowing to support the country’s efforts to “safeguard national security.”

“bright future prospects” for bilateral ties, also touching on the threat posed by foreign interference. 

“China firmly opposes external forces deliberately instigating a ‘color revolution’ in Kazakhstan, and supports Kazakhstan in taking effective measures to safeguard national security and social stability,” Wei said, as cited by the Defense Ministry. “We must be alert to some major powers interfering in Central Asia and disrupting the security of Central Asia.”

Though the minister did not elaborate, his remarks come around three months after mass protests erupted in Kazakhstan, initially triggered by a hike in fuel prices. Peaceful rallies became violent over the course of several days in January, with at least 225 people killed during clashes with security forces and thousands more injured and arrested. 

“foreign-trained terrorists” and “bandits” were behind the rioting, arguing they aimed to carry out a coup on behalf of another state, though did not provide evidence for the assertion. 

At the time, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Li said the protests were driven by “three evil forces” of extremism, terrorism and separatism, offering support from Beijing’s security forces. Though Kazakhstan belongs to the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization and reserves the right to request security assistance from member states, it did not do so during January’s unrest.