Chinese experts warn of terrorism’s possible rise because of Iraq, Syria situations

Author: Liu Xin

Posted on: Global Times, December 20th, 2016



Experts have called for the urgent need to foil the spread of global terrorism following a series of terrorist attacks Monday night and Tuesday in the West, warning that similar incidents may become more frequent with the evolving situation in Iraq and Syria.

“All these incidents show that terrorism and extremism has penetrated Western society.  The frequency and damage of terrorist attacks may increase with the international community’s intensified efforts on cracking down on terrorism in Iraq and Syria,” Li Wei, director of the Institute of Security and Arms Control Studies of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Li said that terror activities conducted by residents influenced by extremists are hard to prevent, which is what has alerted Western countries to keep an eye on the spread of extremism, especially under the guise of religion.

The international community should keep up the fight against terrorism, and individual countries should also strengthen their measures against terrorism, said Li.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer, who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent condolences on Tuesday to his Russian counterpart. Wang said that China strongly condemns the brutal attack on diplomatic personnel and opposes all terrorist activities, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Wang also said China would like to work with Russia and the international community in cracking down on terrorism.

A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others in what Germany’s interior minister said looked like an attack.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump condemned what he called an attack, linking it to “Islamist terrorists” before German police officials had said who was responsible.

The White House on Monday condemned “what appears to have been a terrorist attack.”

Another incident happened in Switzerland, with a man stormed into a Zurich mosque on Monday evening and opened fire on people praying, injuring three, Swiss police said.

France will increase security at Christmas markets across the country after the tragedy in Germany, the French Interior Ministry said.

The Berlin incident evoked memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a Tunisian-born man drove a 19-ton truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. That attack was claimed by the Islamic State.

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