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Wang Yi: we must come up with new thinking and new steps in response to terrorism

2014/09/25

Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out, when speaking at the UN Security Council Summit on Terrorism on September 24, that faced with the new trends and new developments of terrorism, we must come up with new thinking and new steps in response.

First, we should step up information gathering and sharing. Full scope should be given to the advantages of the United Nations and relevant international institutions on such matters as establishing a counter-terrorism database and information exchange platform, so as to step up sharing of information resources and intelligence analysis.

Second, we should strengthen counter-terrorism on the Internet. Resolute measures should be taken to stop the use of social media to spread extremist ideas, especially the releasing of audio and video materials of violence and terror. Internet companies and operators should exercise self-discipline. To this end, it is imperative to formulate as soon as possible a code of conduct for the global cyber industry. China will host the Symposium on Countering Terrorists' Use of the Internet within the framework of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum in Beijing later this year.

Third, we must block the channels of terrorist movement and financing of terrorism. All countries, particularly those adjacent to ongoing conflicts, ought to fulfill international obligations for effective border control. We must enhance cooperation in financial regulation, crack down on illegal underground banking activities, and block terrorist financing.

Fourth, we should promote de-radicalization. While taking actions in accordance with law to crack down on and outlaw venues and personnel that are engaged in advocating and spreading extremism, we should protect normal religious activities, promote public awareness, and give greater play to the role of local communities, thus injecting more positive energy in society.

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