Mul­ti­lat­eral ef­forts needed to fight ter­ror­ism

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Cao Siqi

China should fur­ther en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with Malaysia and other South­east Asian coun­tries on ter­ror­ism, ex­perts said af­ter Malaysian au­thor­i­ties re­vealed they had de­ported 28 Uyghur mil­i­tants to China since 2013.

Ow­ing to in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, Malaysian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said on Thurs­day that Malaysia de­tained 28 mil­i­tants – mem­bers of the East Turkestan Is­lamic Move­ment (ETIM) – while they were on their way to Turkey to join ter­ror group Is­lamic State (IS), the Malaysia-based New Straits Times re­ported on Fri­day.

Li Wei, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Se­cu­rity and Arms Con­trol Stud­ies of the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, told the Global Times on Fri­day that Malaysia and other South­east Asian coun­tries should keep up the co­op­er­a­tion with China to fight against ter­ror­ism as re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Thai­land and Malaysia showed that com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism is a com­mon goal and should be achieved through mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

On June 28, 2016, a grenade hit a bar in the sub­urb of the Malaysian cap­i­tal city of Kuala Lumpur, leav­ing eight in­jured.

The bomb­ing was con­sid­ered the first at­tack re­lated to the IS in the coun­try.

“Both coun­tries could strengthen in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing on ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in law en­force­ment and se­cu­rity, and con­duct more joint mil­i­tary drills,” Li stressed.

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