China, US pledge to cooperate on fighting terrorism

The Hague, March 25: The Chinese and US presidents agreed here Monday to strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism and transnational crime.

At a meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit slated for Monday and Tuesday here, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he appreciated Obama’s condemnation of terrorism in all forms, and China is willing to work with all the countries, including the US, to fight terrorism, Xinhua reported.

Xi also called for enhanced China-US law-enforcement cooperation in such areas as fighting transnational crime and hunting for fugitives.

For his part, Obama reiterated his condemnation of the recent terrorist attack in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, saying that his country opposes terrorism in all forms and will strongly condemn terrorist activities wherever they take place.

The US is willing to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation with China, Obama said.

On March 1, a group of knife-wielding assailants indiscriminately attacked civilians at a railway station in Kunming, killing 29 people and injuring another 143.

Xi arrived in the Netherlands Saturday for a state visit and the third Nuclear Security Summit. He will also visit France, Germany and Belgium in the coming days.

IANS