Chinese FM offers counterterrorism proposals, urges stepped-up int'l cooperation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/9/26 15:42:52

Foreign representatives attend the opening ceremony of Great Wall-2019 International Forum on Counter-terrorism in Beijing, capital of China, June 18, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

A resolute crackdown must be carried out on terrorist activities, regardless of their perpetrators, time and location, or pretexts. There shouldn't be any double standard, Wang Yi said.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday offered concrete counterterrorism proposals for the world to confront a resurgence of terrorism, and called for stepped-up international cooperation against a grim backdrop.

Counterterrorism should be a shared responsibility of all nations, Wang said while addressing a Security Council ministerial debate on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security.

"All countries should keep the concept of 'a community with a shared future for mankind' in mind, address both symptoms and root causes with comprehensive measures, jointly fight terrorism, push for political solutions to flashpoint issues, and advocate mutual respect and harmonious coexistence among different civilizations and religions," Wang said.

People mourn the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the United States, on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

To this end, Wang put forward four proposals.

First, a resolute crackdown must be carried out on terrorist activities, regardless of their perpetrators, time and location, or pretexts; there shouldn't be any double standard or selective fight; and there should be zero geopolitical interest involved as well as no linkage between terrorism and a specific nation, ethnic group or religion.

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) participate in a simulation exercise in Quezon City, the Philippines, July 15, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Second, combatting cyber terrorism must be prioritized to prevent the Internet from becoming a "safe heaven" for terrorists; and the spread of extreme thoughts online by terrorist groups to incite terrorist activities must be severely cracked down.

Third, prevention should be the key, and the root causes of terrorism must be eliminated; deradicalization measures must be actively adopted to deter the spread of extreme thoughts and leave terrorism no breeding ground; the argument of "clash of civilizations" must be discarded and not exploited to terrorists' advantage; and the fundamental solution lies in development, sustainable development in particular.

Fourth, the United Nations and its Security Council should play a central role and strengthen coordination at national, regional and global levels to implement related resolutions; and UN member states must also make their own efforts.

Policemen stand gurard near a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 17, 2019. The death toll from the terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch has risen to 50. (Photo: Xinhua)

"China will continue to be deeply involved in international counterterrorism cooperation," Wang said.

The top diplomat also pointed out that preventive counterterrorism and deradicalization measures taken in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have significantly contributed to the international counterterrorism cause.

These measures have been proven to be effective, and China has also been putting into practice the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, Wang added.

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