China: Serious Threat to Civilization
China Daily (government-owned),
Beijing, Sept. 13, 2001.
like other peace-loving countries, has always made clear its strong
opposition to and condemnation of all forms of terrorism. The heads
of state of China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and
Uzbekistan signed, at a mid-June summit in Shanghai, an agreement
on combating terrorism, separatism, and extremism, vowing to cooperate
closely for regional and world peace and stability.
It has been Chinas consistent stance that peace and development
should be recognized as the main themes of the world today and that
differences and disputes should be resolved through dialogue and
negotiation rather than by resorting to force or terrorist actions.
Regrettably, such perceptions have not been fully understood by
all. The world is still afflicted by man-made scourges such as hegemony,
power politics, racism, border conflicts, and regional wars. This
year has seen an increasing number of terrorist incidents, especially
in the form of hostage-taking. Widening income disparities, social
injustice, turmoil, and ethnic and religious conflicts have proved
fertile ground for terrorists.
The world will never enjoy real and enduring peace unless these
problems are properly addressed. When human civilization is progressing,
it is a tragedy that what took place in the United States happened
at all. This makes it more urgent that the international community
move to wage an all-out war on terrorism by, in the final analysis,
establishing a new world order that can ensure lasting peace and
prosperity for all.