Anti-terror cooperation key part of China-Russia partnership: Xi

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-03 17:57:31|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that anti-terror cooperation is an important part of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, which sets an example for the world in that regard.

China-Russia anti-terror cooperation is in the fundamental interest of both nations, and is conducive to regional and world peace and stability, Xi said in an interview with Russian media ahead of his departure for the July 3-4 state visit to Russia.

Bilateral cooperation in such areas as fighting the three evil forces (of terrorism, separatism and extremism) through bilateral law enforcement and security cooperation mechanisms is moving forward smoothly, playing important and positive role in maintaining stability and development of both nations and the region, he said.

China is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with Russia, and is committed to mutual support in addressing core concerns of each other with respect to the fight against terrorism, Xi said.

Meanwhile, the two sides should intensify cooperation and coordination within such multilateral frameworks as the United Nations (UN) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), he said.

They also need to firmly uphold the UN's leading role in international anti-terrorism cooperation, and promote continued deepening of anti-terrorism security cooperation under such mechanisms as the SCO, so as to jointly promote international anti-terrorism copperation toward achievement of greater progress, Xi said.

Although global consensuses on the fight against terrorism have kept increasing, and major successes have been achieved in cooperation in cracking down on terrorism, outstanding problems still exist, according to him.

Firstly, terrorism is overlapping and synergizing with issues of hot spots, which makes an important cause of the problem faced by the international community that terrorism even goes more rampant despite the fight against it, Xi said.

Secondly, international terrorist groups are calling for and planning more attacks worldwide.

Thirdly, the ideology of violence and terrorism keeps spreading around the world via networks and social media, and its deep-hidden influence will keep emerging.

And fourthly, some countries are still using the fight against terrorism as a means to promote their national interests, and have applied double standards in the fight against terrorism, which has made international anti-terrorism cooperation turn out to be an instrument and become separated, and which has made it difficult to form resultant forces therein, Xi said.

Noting that tackling the threat of terrorism is still a tough issue in global security governance, Xi stressed China has long been supporting the efforts made by the international community to combat terrorism in a constructive way.

In bolstering international anti-terrorism cooperation, he said, any double standard should be abandoned, and the leading role of the United Nations in international anti-terrorism efforts should be brought into full play.

Meanwhile, issues of regional hotspots should be solved properly, assistance should be extended to Middle East countries including Syria in restoring stability as soon as possible, and long-term and comprehensive measures and policies need to be adopted to root out "the breeding ground" for terrorism, Xi added.

KEY WORDS: anti-terror