China told delegates attending a seminar in Sri Lanka, violent extremism has gone rampant, seriously endangering human-being and social order, the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, according to the Asia Pacific Daily.
Senior Colonel Guo Xinning, Deputy Commandant at the College of Defence Studies, National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army in China, said that enhanced international cooperation against violent extremism is the appeal of the times and an important way to maintain international peace, security and stability.
Speaking at the Colombo Defence Seminar, Colonel Guo Xinning said that violent extremism is an affront to the purpose and principles of the UN which in turn undermines peace, security, human rights and sustainable development.
“Since entering 21st century, international terrorism and violent extremism have 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. Enhanced international cooperation against violent extremism is the appeal of the times and an important way to maintain international peace, security and stability,” he said.
Colonel Guo Xinning said that extremism is neither a phenomenon that is peculiar to a certain religion or a certain country, nor one that only occurs to contemporary world.
“Violent extremism is closely associated with terrorism. Some international observers believe that violent extremism certainly runs into the realm of terrorism while extremism does not,” he said.
He says while the international community has made relentless efforts in containing the spread of violent extremism new phenomenon and new developments constantly appear.
He further appealed to all, if serious, to avoid double standards and seductiveness in tackling violence and hold dialogue and communication to build trust and confidence among nations. (Colombo Gazette)