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Special> Shanghai Cooperation Organization 12th Summit> Background
UPDATED: June 5, 2012 NO. 37 SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
China's Antiterrorism Stance

In keeping with its concepts of pursuing "peaceful development" and building a "harmonious world," China has pursued a four-pronged antiterrorism policy over the past decade:

- It opposes double standards and holds the view that the international community should take a consistent stance against terrorism. Countries should combat terrorist acts no matter what forms they take, when and where they occur or what their targets are.

- While fighting against terrorism, the leading role of the UN and its Security Council should be brought into full play. All antiterrorism operations should abide by the UN Charter and other international conventions. They should be based on concrete evidence and clearly targeted, thus avoiding harm to innocent people. No country shall expand the scope of the operations at will.

- Antiterrorism efforts should address both the symptoms and root causes of terrorism. Countries should not only focus on solving current problems, but also need to consider long-term antiterrorism solutions. Narrowing the gap between the South and the North is of pivotal importance. Given the impact of the global financial crisis, the international community should give greater prominence to the development issue.

- The antiterrorism campaign is a battle between peaceful and violent forces, rather than a clash between ethnic groups, religions or civilizations. Terrorists—a small number of evil-doing extremists—should not be linked with certain ethnic groups or religions. China stands for the long-term coexistence of different social systems and civilizations, which will develop side by side as they seek common ground while shelving differences.

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