Terrorist attacks on Western citizens in China are unheard of; even conventional criminals do not like to target Westerners, an international lawyer and political analyst says.Barry Grossman, who is based on the Indonesian island of Bali, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday, after the US embassy in China warned Western citizens in Beijing of a possible terrorist attack during the Christmas holiday. “The US Embassy has received information of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day, ” the embassy said in a statement on Thursday.US ' warning ' not credibleGrossman said that “all countries have the right and indeed moral obligation to warn their own nationals of material risks created by tangible threats in other nations. ” “That said, the first thing to note about this ‘warning’ is the complete lack of information about the nature of and motives behind the apprehended risk, ” he added. “Second, numerous Western countries have followed the US lead and responded with their own warnings, the British version utilizing exactly the same opaque wording used by the US. This further confirms that the Atlantic World security apparatus largely acts and speaks with a single voice; a voice that is far too easily influenced at the thin end of a very large wedge by often unreliable and uncorroborated intelligence which is easily injected into its operational systems, ” the analyst noted. “The related news reports have not been averse to conflate this vague warning which referred only to ‘possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day’ with ‘tales’ about Islamic terrorist threats which supposedly exist in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the far northwest where Pan - Turkism and Uyghur nationalism, have attracted segments of the Uyghur population and led them to express political dissent and form a separatist movement, while the region’s indigenous Muslims also understandably perceive themselves to be oppressed by the Chinese state apparatus, the official policy of which is that China rejects all religion and officially embraces atheism, ” he pointed out.US intelligence apparatus in ChinaGrossman said “the US may very well have received intelligence which created the apprehension of a possible threat. After all, the one thing we can be sure of is that the US security and intelligence apparatus has a substantial presence in China; China being a superpower which many in the US political establishment consider to be the biggest threat to US hegemony. ” “But what is not being said here is that - despite China itself occasionally making what even some Western mainstream media outlets have considered disingenuous claims of a terrorist threat posed by Chinese Muslims in the northwest, terrorist attacks on Westerners in China are all but unheard of. Indeed, like most Asian nations, even conventional criminals rarely target Westerners, ” he added. “If some among China’s Uyghur population were too engage in an act of political violence, the parochial thinking which tends to dominate in China certainly suggests that they have far more incentive to focus such efforts on targets associated with the state apparatus which is oppressing them than they have incentive to attack Western tourists visiting Beijing’s up market shopping district, ” the commentator noted.Rejection of West’s ‘greed is good’ ideology“What is also not being said here is that there is no shortage of people in China who have suffered from and who reject the corporatism and inequity which flooded China as it embraced the West’s ‘greed is good’ ideology. Given the failure of the US warning to refer to the bogeyman of Islam and given China’s own immediate security clampdown in Beijing’s commercial areas, it is reasonable to assume that the perceived threat referred to in this warning is in reality associated with domestic individuals or groups who reject China’s relatively new obsession with Western styled consumerism, ” he stated. “On the other hand, given what we know about US adventuring in other regions and its antipathy towards China, we also cannot ignore the possibility that this warning originates from intelligence received by US operatives in connection with its own covert activities in harnessing Uyghur nationalism as a tactical weapon in its continuing efforts to target China, ” the pundit said. “Either way, it seem almost certain that in the unlikely event that there is actually an act of political violence in Beijing over this holiday season, it will not single out Westerners as targets or be associated with what the west likes to refer to as Islamism, ” he argued. “The one thing we can be sure of is that when it comes to issues like this, nothing is ever what it appears to be. So all we can do is wait and see and pray that no innocents are victimized, ” Grossman concluded.This interview originally appeared on Presstv. com