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Wang Yi: we should take a multi-pronged approach and address both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism

2014/09/27

On September 27, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a statement at the General Debate of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly. He said that China firmly opposes all terrorist acts and supports the international community in responding to the threat posed by terrorist forces in a coordinated and concerted way in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.

Wang Yi stressed that China believes that in conducting international counter-terrorism cooperation, we should take a multi-pronged approach and address both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism and that the UN and its Security Council should fully play their leading roles. There should be no double standard when it comes to fighting terrorism, still less should terrorism be identified with any particular ethnic group or religion.

Wang Yi pointed out that as new developments emerge in the global fight against terrorism, the international community should take new measures to address them. In particular, it should focus on combating religious extremism and cyber terrorism, resolutely eliminate the root causes of terrorism and extremism and block channels of spreading them, and crack down hard and effectively on the use of the Internet and other new means of communication by terrorists to instigate, recruit, finance or plot terrorist attacks.

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