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Wang Yi: to address new threats posed by terrorism is a battle bearing on the future of our world

2014/09/25

Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out, when speaking at the UN Security Council Summit on Terrorism on September 24, that to address new threats posed by terrorism is a battle bearing on the future of our world.

Wang Yi said that terrorists defy the fundamental human rights and challenge the bottom line of human civilization. As such, they are the common enemy of all mankind. Thirteen years ago, Al-Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks in this very city.The incident shocked the entire world and took away over 3,000 innocent lives. Since the end of last year, the East Turkistan terrorists have instigated, orchestrated and carried out numerous violent attacks inside China and caused heavy casualties.

Wang Yi highlighted that we are witnessing a resurgence of terrorism which deserves serious international attention and vigilance. Conflicts in the Middle East draw terrorists and extremists into the region from all over the world. Once the flow is reversed, they will pose a serious threat to the security and stability of many countries, regions and indeed the world as a whole. Social media has become a battlefield for terrorist and extremist groups to spread their ideology, a tool to plot terrorist attacks and a platform to recruit terrorists. With progress of information technologies, some young people are susceptible to extreme ideas and demagogy by terrorist forces. Terrorist organizations and extremist ideologies are competing with us for our future generations. This is, indeed, a battle bearing on the future of our world.

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