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Neighbors join to fight terrorism

By Li Xiaokun (China Daily) Updated: 2015-12-17 07:49

China and Kyrgyzstan vowed on Wednesday to work together to combat terrorism, a mutual concern of the two neighbors.

Premier Li Keqiang and Kyrgyzstani Prime Minister Temir Sariyev made the remarks when they met in Beijing.

"Against the background of the complex and severe security situation in the region and around the globe, China and Kyrgyzstan have to strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation, handle threats from terrorism together and combat organized cross-border crime," Li said.

In a joint statement issued later, the two nations vowed to combat the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, "including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement". The statement said Kyrgyzstan has suggested "transferring China's advanced production capacity to the country".

"China is willing to use its advanced production capacity to help Kyrgyzstan to build a relatively complete industry system," said Gui Congyou, director of the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs under the Foreign Ministry, adding that the production capacity to be transferred to Kyrgyzstan will be "advanced and environmentally friendly".

Li also called on Wednesday for an acceleration of infrastructure cooperation and the resumption at an early date of the working group meeting for the railway linking China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, a key international corridor in the region that has been discussed for years.

Sariyev said his country expects Chinese investment in various sectors and will integrate the national development strategies of the two countries. He also promised to implement the railway link project as soon as possible.

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