Russia welcomes adoption of counterterrorist legislation by China

China passed legislation on fighting terrorism on Dec. 27

Russia is confident that the adoption of legislation on fighting terrorism in China will help further consolidate counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.

"We are confident that the adoption of the said legislative act will help further consolidate dynamically developing Russian-Chinese counterterrorism cooperation within the framework of privileged strategic partnership between our two countries," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary available on its website on Dec. 30.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China passed legislation on fighting terrorism on Dec. 27.

"We presume that our Chinese partners have taken an important step toward creating a solid legislative basis to efficiently oppose terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations. In our opinion, the content of the document shows that, in drawing it up, China relied upon fundamental norms and principles of international law and took into consideration experience of other countries, including Russia, in arranging counterterrorist activities," it said.

Moscow and Beijing "stand up concordantly in favor of preserving the UN's central coordinating role in global antiterrorist efforts, which should be free from politicization and preconditions, setting up a broad antiterrorist coalition to combat ISIS [a terrorist organization banned in Russia], and taking comprehensive measures to oppose the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, including in the context of lowering risks for the Central Asian region," it said.

"Not only do Russia and China impartially assess the complicated antiterrorist situation in the world, but they also display preparedness to take joint measures to correct it," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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