China calls for nations to unite to combat extremism

(MENAFN- NewsIn.Asia) Colombo, Aug 28 ( - China, on Monday, called for enhanced international cooperation against violent extremism in order to maintain international peace, security and stability.

Senior Colonel Guo Xinning, Deputy Commandant, College of Defence Studies, National Defence University from the Chinese People's Liberation Army, speaking at the ‘Colombo Defence Seminar' said that since entering the 21st century, international terrorism and violent extremism had gone rampant, seriously endangering human-being and social order, posing threats to international peace and stability, and thus becoming a common enemy of the international society.

"No country or region would be immune from its impacts,' he said.

Senior Colonel Guo further elaborating on the difficulties in countering this menace said that complicating roots, different definitions and understandings, conflicting interests and double standards are continuing to bother nations.

More importantly, the Senior Colonel wanted dialogue and communication to build trust and confidence be enhanced among nations.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Monday inaugurated the annual ‘Colombo Defence Seminar' which will this year discuss global efforts to counter violent extremism.

The international two day seminar is attended by over 91 foreign military and civil scholars from across the globe.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne, said this year's seminar which will be held on the theme 'Countering Violent Extremism: Global Trends' is held with the objective of establishing intellectual connectivity on preserving strategic national, regional and global security.

With many countries today facing the threat of violence, the Defence Secretary said it was vital for countries to maintain collective defence strategies as no country in solitude could counter the situation.

"Collective defence strategies among nations are vital to reach a pragmatic and appropriate response to a highly dynamic global security environment and anticipated future operational requirements," Waidyaratne said.

"This calls for all nations to work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological," he added.

Military officials from 35 countries, including China are participating in this year's seminar.
Since its inception in 2011, the island nation's annual international defence forum has grown into an internationally accepted round-table for interaction on matters pertaining to national, regional and international security.
This year the Colombo Defence Seminar 2017 will see sessions being held on sub themes including, ‘Violent Extremism', ‘Countering Violent Extremism', ‘The Role of Armed Forces in Countering Violent Extremism', and ‘Mechanism to Counter Violent Extremism'.


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