China opposes using counterterrorism for its own geopolitical interests at UN briefing

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Photo by Zhang Jun: Xinhua

China has opposed collusion and the use of selective counterterrorism measures as a tool for its own geopolitical interests, which seriously undermines the effectiveness of international cooperation against terrorism, the Chinese ambassador said on Tuesday. at the United Nations Zhang Jun at a United Nations Security Council briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts.

Zhang said double standards caused by geopolitical considerations and ideological biases must be abandoned in the fight against terrorism, calling for equal attention to be paid to terrorist attacks all over the world, including successive terrorist attacks. launched by the Islamic State in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of foreign troops. of the country and the knock-on effect of terrorist forces in Afghanistan on regional security.

The envoy emphasized building counterterrorism capabilities for developing countries, especially African countries, where two of ISIS’s three most active regional networks are located. “Countries outside Africa should strengthen communication and coordination with African countries to resolve logistical, financial and capacity building issues in counter-terrorism operations in Africa within the framework of the UN,” he said. declared the envoy.

Zhang stressed the importance of eliminating the root causes of terrorism through political, economic and judicial measures, urging international cooperation against terrorism to focus on the abuse of networks and emerging technologies by terrorists, the diversification of financing of terrorism and the convergence of terrorist extremism. and transnational organized crime.

China will continue to help developing countries, especially those in Africa and Central Asia, to enhance their counter-terrorism capacity through practical actions, including providing training, materials and educational equipment to the fight against terrorism, added Mr. Zhang.

Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, also delivered a speech at the briefing. According to Voronkov, ISIS continues to exploit conflict dynamics, governance fragilities and inequalities, pandemic-related restrictions and abuses digital spaces to stage terrorist attacks, recruit sympathizers and attract resources.

Voronkov said that the Islamic State relies on a decentralized internal structure consisting of a so-called “general directorate of provinces” and associated “offices” to manage terrorist operations and finances around the world, in particular in Africa where the situation has further deteriorated with the expansion of the Islamic State in Central, Southern and Western Africa.

“Such ‘bureaus’ operate not only in Iraq and Syria, but also outside the core conflict zone, with the most active being reported in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Lake Chad Basin,” Voronkov said.

According to a white paper titled China and Africa in the New Era: A Partnership of Equals, since 2019, China has provided strong support to countries in the Sahel region and those bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea in the fight against terrorism in their country. region through various means such as port calls, joint exercises and drills. China has also launched assistance programs to train African military personnel in UN peacekeeping missions and counter-terrorism under the Belt and Road Initiative. “.

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