China, In­dia to en­hance ef­forts against ter­ror­ism

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and In­dia will en­hance law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion to fight cross-bor­der ter­ror­ist at­tacks amid in­creas­ing threats to the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

The agree­ment was reached at the first China-In­dia Di­a­logue on Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Se­cu­rity held in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, China and In­dia ex­pressed their con­cerns and ex­changed views on com­bat­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks and con­duct­ing ex­ten­sive se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion. They also reached con­sen­sus on prac­ti­cal mea­sures to cope with the threat.

Es­tab­lish­ing a China-In­dia coun­tert­er­ror­ism di­a­logue mech­a­nism will play an es­sen­tial role in “en­hanc­ing their mu­tual trust and deep­en­ing prag­matic ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion to fight terror at­tacks, and in main­tain­ing re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity”, said Lan Jianxue, a re­searcher at the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

Un­der such a com­plex se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, it’s ur­gent for the two coun­tries to “seize a rare op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a spe­cial di­a­logue, which will elim­i­nate pre­vi­ous sus­pi­cions and guide them to im­ple­ment their coun­tert­er­ror­ism ac­tion plans”, Lan said.

Last Novem­ber, China and In­dia is­sued a joint state­ment to strengthen their ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion to han­dle ter­ror­ist crimes.

Al­though some achieve­ments have been made, chal­lenges still hin­der progress in deep­en­ing ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion, ob­servers say.

“It’s nec­es­sary for us reach a con­sen­sus on ter­ror­ism’s def­i­ni­tion and scope, and on con­vic­tion stan­dards,” said Su Qiang, a Bei­jing-based lawyer who spe­cial­izes in re­search­ing re­gional se­cu­rity in South Asia and the Mid­dle East.

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