A police crackdown in the restive western region of Xinjiang which left 14 people dead was "within the law", a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Hua Chunying said assailants "used explosive devices to attack police officers" and attacked them with knives.
He added: "This is a case which lays bare the anti-government and anti-human nature of the terrorists and deserves to be condemned by all those who love peace and stability."
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