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Director-General of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liu Guangyuan Delivers a Speech at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Counter Terrorism Working Group Meeting

2014/08/09

On August 8, 2014, Director-General of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liu Guangyuan led the Chinese delegation to attend the third Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Counter Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) Meeting in Beijing and delivered a speech.

Director-General Liu said in his speech that currently international terrorism activities have entered a new round of active period, which causes new threat to international peace and security and also puts forward new requirements for international cooperation against terrorism. Terrorism remains a prominent factor threatening the security and stability of the APEC region. As an important platform for cooperation against terrorism under the APEC framework, CTWG plays a positive role in maintaining regional security and stability as well as in boosting regional economic development and prosperity. Positive progress and remarkable results have been made in relevant work. The Chinese side will continue to participate actively in APEC counter-terrorism cooperation and, together with APEC regional economies, make positive contributions to realizing safe personnel exchanges and achieving development and prosperity in economy and trade in the APEC region.

Director-General Liu also introduced the current counter-terrorism situation facing China and its policy initiatives and stressed that the Chinese government resolutely combats all forms of terrorism in accordance with law, advocating addressing both symptoms and root causes of terrorism and taking comprehensive measures to remove the breeding ground for terrorism.

As the host of APEC in 2014, China actively participates in all work in the APEC counter-terrorism field. This meeting is the third as well as the final meeting of APEC CTWG this year, following the meeting in Ningbo and Qingdao. Over 50 representatives from APEC economies attended the meeting.

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