Pre­mier em­pha­sizes fight against ter­ror

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HUYONGQI in Bishkek, Kyr­gyzs­tan andWANG QINGYUN in Bei­jing

China and Kyr­gyzs­tan vowe­donWed­nes­day tofight ter­ror­ism, sep­a­ratism and ex­trem­ismthrough strength­ened se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion as Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang paid his first visit to the Cen­tralAsian neigh­bor.

In the cap­i­tal, Bishkek, Li and Kyr­gyz Prime Min­is­ter Sooron­bay Jeen­bekov signed a joint­com­mu­niqueon­bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as se­cu­rity, agri­cul­ture and pro­duc­tion.

The agree­ment is es­pe­cially timely since the Chi­nese em­bassy in Kyr­gyzs­tan was at­tacked by a sui­cide car bomber on the morn­ing of Aug 30. The at­tack in­jured three em­bassy per­son­nel.

Li rushed to the em­bassy upon his ar­rival in Bishkek, and said the em­bassy should re­build dam­aged build­ings as soon as pos­si­ble. Se­cu­rity should be re­in­forced for Chi­nese di­plo­matic mis­sions, Li said.

Such agree­ments are also key for Cen­tral Asian coun­tries such as Kyr­gyzs­tan, which have been vic­tims of ter­ror­ism, sep­a­ratism and ex­trem­ism. The Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, p9 with both coun­tries as found­ing mem­bers, has fought these forces since 2001.

Both coun­tries have been part of joint anti-ter­ror­ism drills un­der the SCO frame­work each year.

Xing Guangcheng, an ex­pert on Cen­tral Asia and Rus­sian stud­ies at the Chi­ne­seA­cademy of So­cial Sciences, sug­gested boost­ing twoway in­for­ma­tion shar­ing.

Se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion is the best way to fight ter­ror­ism, a cross-bor­der prob­lem in Cen­tral Asia, said Xu Tao, an ex­pert on Cen­tral Asia stud­ies at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

Xu said both coun­tries can in­crease ex­changes in in­tel­li­gence, tech­nol­ogy and pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion to fight ter­ror.

“China and Kyr­gyzs­tan have main­tained po­lit­i­cal trust as strate­gic part­ners and have pro­moted prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion. ... China will do what it can to help Kyr­gyzs­tan,” Li told his coun­ter­part.

Li will at­tend the 15th meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Heads of Gov­ern­ment of the SCOonThurs­day in­Bishkek.

ZHANG DUO / XIN­HUA

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang sam­ples a lo­cal snack after ar­riv­ing in Bishkek, Kyr­gyzs­tan, on Wed­nes­day as part of an eight-day trip that also will in­clude Kaza­khstan, Latvia and Rus­sia.

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