Xinjiang will step up security measures in key areas and border areas as well as enforce internet management to maintain social stability this year. It will further rely on technology to enhance front-line border control and improve infrastructure in border areas, such as improving road conditions, Shohrat said in January.
"Canadians cannot believe how China has risen so quickly and they are beginning to realize that China is becoming more important to us. We need to engage more with China."
But on closer inspection, things are not quite what they seem: Gao's real name is Terry and he is from the United States. Having lived in Beijing for more than 20 years, Terry Crossman has finally fulfilled his Chinese dream: becoming a public security volunteer. Life as a "Xicheng Dama" has even made him an online celebrity.
A lost-and-found website he set up had also helped people around Hebei retrieve more than 600 lost items and find more than 50 missing people.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when delivering a speech at a gathering to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of Hainan province and the Hainan Special Economic Zone.
He expressed the hope that people from all walks of life on the two sides of the Taiwan Straits to work together for the greater national interest.