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Anti-terror fight needs a fresh approach

German pianist Davide Martello carries his piano by bike to play a rendition of "Imagine" by John Lennon after the Paris attack. Photo: Twitter
 

While French police are hunting IS culprits behind the terrorist attacks in Paris, China’s foreign ministry confirmed on November 19 that a Chinese national, Fan Jinghui, was killed by the IS who had earlier taken him as hostage.
 
Meanwhile, the IS said it brought down a Russian plane with a bomb, killing all 224 people on board in Egypt. Boko Haram, a Nigerian extremist group which has pledged allegiance to the IS, frequently strikes Nigeria and Cameroon with suicide bombings.
 
Through taking and killing hostages, gunfire, suicide bombings, plane downing and massacre, the IS has stoked tensions across the world in recent years, plaguing France, Russia, China, Japan, US, Jordan and Nigeria. The victim countries are still counting as the IS announced that it would target London and Roma in the future.
 
The IS has become the biggest threat to world peace given the degree and quantity of the atrocities it has inflicted on civilians. The US said that the IS is more than a terrorist group with its ideology, military strategy and abundant wealth. Consequently, it requires a joint effort of all countries to combat terrorism as determinedly as the coalition did in countering Fascism during the Second World War.
 
Since the 9/11 attacks in the US, the battle against terrorism has never ceded. But the global anti-terror campaign has also been marred by some missteps.
 
Double standard, for example, is one of the problems that has plagued the international bid to counter terrorism. What happened in Parris is called “terrorist attack”, while similar activities in Xinjiang are seen from the prism of human rights. The lack of a global anti-terror leader is another stumbling block. Neither a US-led war nor waves of multi-country bombings will root out terrorism.
 
While France and Russia have recently ramped up air strikes on the IS, anti-terrorism campaign can’t rely on anger-venting bombings but needs a fresh approach. Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the G20 that the international community must join hands to combat terrorism and give full play to the UN. “Counter-terrorism efforts must address both the symptoms and the root causes of the problem and refrain from adopting double standards,” he said.
 
An international coalition, leadership of the UN, no double-standards and targeting of both the symptoms and root causes are four key words of China’s anti-terrorism approach, which means that the world needs a selfless and captain-led fight to wipe out terrorism both physically and economically.
 
China itself is a victim of terrorism and surely will step up cooperation with the world in crackdown on terrorists. This entails military action as well as sharing intelligence and other resources.
 
The next day after Paris attack, a pianist played a rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine outside the Bataclan hall where at least 80 people died. “Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine all the people sharing all the world…” For a peaceful life, the world shall join hands to face a long-term war against evil and violence.

(The article is translated by Wu Jie.)


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