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China backs G20 leaders' anti-terror pledge

By Fu Jing and Cecily Liu in Hamburg, Germany | China Daily UK | Updated: 2017-07-10 19:11

President Xi Jinping has proposed setting up a "globally united front" to fight international terrorism.

Xi made the proposal ahead of a joint statement by the leaders of the Group of 20.

"There should be no 'safe spaces' for terrorist financing anywhere in the world," the statement said.

Speaking at an anti-terrorism meeting organized ahead of the opening of the two-day G20 summit, Xi said the "tumor of terrorism has not yet been removed".

He told the closed-door meeting: "So, China is calling for the establishment of a global united frontline to fight terror activities."

Xi said concerted efforts should be made to tackle the roots of terrorism and cut off channels of financing and prevent the use of cyberspace for terrorist activities.

In recent years, the growth of global terrorism organizations has been curbed through international cooperation, but the roots of terrorism have not been eliminated, he said.

"China is a victim of terrorism and we are on the frontline of anti-terrorism battles," he added.

Xi said China will participate in international counter-terrorism cooperation and offer support to establish an open "security umbrella".

Recent high-profile terror attacks have claimed many lives across Europe and elsewhere, including in Nice, Paris, London and Manchester.

The G20's joint statement issued on Friday said: "We, the leaders of the G20, strongly condemn all terrorist attacks worldwide and stand united and firm in the fight against terrorism."

"We will ensure terrorists are brought to justice; border agencies enhance cooperation to detect travel for terror purposes. We will address in close coordination the evolving threats and potential vulnerabilities in aviation security systems."

To prevent the radicalization that leads to terrorism, the leaders also agreed to promote political and religious tolerance, economic development and social cohesion and inclusiveness, to resolve armed conflicts, and to facilitate reintegration.

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