China’s anti-terror endeavor requires active intl efforts

By Ai Jun Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/25 0:03:40

Kyrgyzstan recently arrested 14 border police officers for suspected trafficking of illegal arms, according to media reports. It is also noted that the criminals who attacked the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on August 30 sourced their weapons from these people.

After the attack, China paid close attention to Kyrgyzstan's investigation and has provided necessary assistance. The arrest of those 14 officers is the latest achievement in Bishkek's anti-terror operations. Meanwhile, it serves as a reminder that Beijing should also get ready to take vigorous measures to tackle overseas terrorists that have hurt China's interests.

The violence swirling out from the Middle East and spreading across the world, including Asia, is one of the negative effects of globalization. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement, for example, has quite a few bases in Kyrgyzstan. Many of its members sneaked into China after getting trained and then carried out a series of attacks in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Not only that, terrorist organizations abroad can also use the Internet to propagate their extreme values, train their followers and incite terrorist attacks from far away.

Different extremist forces are nowadays intertwined with each other and can easily expand regardless of the limits of border lines. Under such circumstances, something else is needed other than simply focusing on striking terrorism at home. The mounting challenge is pressuring China to take a more proactive role in international efforts in fighting against terrorist forces.

In this regard, efforts can be made in two aspects. On the one hand, Beijing should increase its assistance to other countries in anti-terror operations, such as enhancing intelligence communication in exchanges of intelligence, controlling the flow of funds to terrorist groups and extraditing and repatriating suspects of terror attacks.

On the other, direct attacks abroad, including surgical strikes by the Chinese military, should not be excluded when necessary. This requires Beijing to put more emphasis on military training. Both can only happen and be promoted under close collaboration with other nations. A Chinese military operation along the Mekong River, which was initiated after the killing of 13 Chinese crew members in the Golden Triangle area which captured Myanmar drug lord Naw Kham, was a successful example of a multinational action against criminals.

Beijing does not interfere in other nation's internal affairs, yet it does not mean that it should stay on the sidelines when its interests are badly damaged by terrorism overseas. More work is needed to make a difference.

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