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Monday, 04 February 2019 16:15

FSG to Build 'Training Base' in Xinjiang

The Hong Kong based Frontier Services Group (FSG) specialises in providing security, mostly for Chinese companies.

Its founder Erik Prince is mainly known for being the founder of private military company Blackwater, whose contractors were involved in the infamous killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi citizens in 2007.

FSG has signed a deal with Chinese authorities to build a training centre in the Xinjiang region of China, Reuters reported, citing a statement by the company. FSG didn't provide any detail about what kind of centre it will be, what kind of training, or for whom it will provide the services.

The deal suggests FSG will spend around $600,000 on the centre, which will be capable of training 8,000 people per year.

Frontier Services Group describes itself as a company providing security, logistics and insurance services, mostly for Chinese clients both inside the country and abroad. It provides its services to businesses operating in the world's hotspots.

The Xinjiang region is home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority.

FSG was established by Erik Prince, who is known for being the founder of the notorious private military company Blackwater. Blackwater's reputation suffered major blow after several of its contractors were accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians, 14 of them without just cause in 2007. After a series of trials, one of them admitted his guilt, while four others were convicted of committing murder. One of them received a life sentence, while three others got 30 years in prison.

In 2017 FSG acquired a 25 percent stake in a security training facility in Beijing, which it said was the largest such school in China and would allow FSG to provide "world-class training courses" to Chinese companies.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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