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China urges efforts to fight terrorism, epidemics

Updated: Oct 17,2014 8:45 PM     Xinhua

MILAN, Italy — Premier Li Keqiang on Oct 17 called on Asian and European countries to jointly tackle security challenges including terrorism and outbreaks of infectious diseases, in a bid to better benefit the world’s largest landmass.

Addressing an informal meeting at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit here, Li said that traditional and nontraditional woes such as armed conflicts, terrorism and large-scale infectious diseases still stand out in today’s world.

No country is immune from these challenges, he said.

The countries should unite and strengthen coordination to jointly meet the challenges and solve the related problems in a justified, reasonable and proper manner on the basis of mutual respect, equality and noninterference in other country’s internal affairs, he said.

On Oct 16, Li announced at the summit that China will provide at least 100 million yuan’s ($16 million) worth of additional aid to help West Africa fight the deadly Ebola outbreak, the Asian country’s latest effort to curb the disease.

The peace and stability of the Eurasian land, whose people have suffered a lot during two World Wars and thus especially treasure peace, are related with the overall peace and security of the whole world, he said.

The countries should jointly safeguard the victory of the World War II, adhere to the path of peaceful development and cooperate to realize mutual benefits, Li added.

Regarding China’s climate policy, Li stressed that China attaches great importance to the climate issues and will push forward energy conservation and emission reduction in an unwavering manner.

He reiterated that China, dedicated to international cooperation, stand ready to adhere to the principles of “common but differentiated responsibility,” fairness and respective capabilities, so as to contribute to a fairer, more reasonable and effective global climate management system.