China has commended Britain's decision to list a group advocating independence for the far-western region of Xinjiang as a terrorist organization.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement Friday that China welcomes moves by the international community to recognize the danger posed by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement. He said China was willing to work with others to enhance cooperation on fighting international terrorism and upholding global and regional peace and stability.

The British Home Office made the listing this week, citing a number of attacks within China claimed by the Pakistan-based group and saying it was also active in the Syrian conflict.

Resource-rich Xinjiang is home to the Turkic Muslim Uighur people, many of whom chafe under heavy-handed Chinese rule that they say has marginalized them economically.