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China-Europe team effort to combat terrorism

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-28-2015 16:45 BJT

By Wang Jinyan, Ph.D of West Asia and Africa Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Extremism and terrorism have run rampant in the world, particularly with terrorist groups in Western Asia and Africa. Both China and Europe are confronting these threats.  

China and Europe fighting terror

Some terrorist groups have listed China on its blacklist. Many Chinese citizens are living and working in West Asia and Africa. Europe stands adjacent to North Africa. Statistics show that there are over 10,000 Chinese and Europeans respectively, who have joined extremist organizations. When they return home, they will be a tremendous danger to their homelands.

Recently, thousands of terrorists have sneaked into Europe under the disguise as refugees. They are ticking time bombs for Europe. Having the same responsibility to safeguard people's safety, China and Europe should join hands to deal with challenges. 

China and European anti-terrorist cooperation

China and the European Union have discussed the situation in the Middle East, North Africa and Sahel region to address terrorism with joint efforts at an Asia-Europe meeting in Oct. 2014.

In the past two years, when European politicians visited China, they have repeatedly urged for greater cooperation with Beijing. China has already successfully removed overseas Chinese from Libya in 2011 and 2014 with help from African and European countries.

Priorities for cooperation

Nevertheless, there have been some disagreements over how to resolve the terror issue, due to differences of political systems of China and Europe. But both sides could start with small and specific items to deepen cooperation.

1. Intelligence sharing: China and Europe can share intelligence with a third country on citizens' terrorist activities there. This could prevent future terrorist attacks. China's overseas embassies could communicate more with EU's overseas delegations in the third country.

2. Arms control: Since the risk of a "lone wolf" type of terrorism has increased, arms control is becoming the key to an anti-terrorist strategy. China and Europe should work together to block terrorists' access to weapons and help other countries develop better arms control mechanisms.

3.Mediation: History has proven that the military force can overturn a regime but cannot promote the development of a country. Political disputes can only be settled in a peaceful manner.

China and Europe should work together to facilitate the mediation work of war-torn countries by respecting the local people’s appeals and their cultures.

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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