Multilateral efforts needed to fight terrorism
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.