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Chinese premier urges joint actions against terrorism

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-07-16 17:39

ULAANBAATAR - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday called for joint actions against terrorism to root out the global scourge following a deadly truck attack that claimed more than 80 lives in Nice, France, on Thursday.

Speaking in an informal meeting during the 11th Asian-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Li said Asia and Europe are enjoying peace and stability in general terms, but outstanding security challenges, both traditional and non-traditional ones, remain on the two continents.

In particular, he said, terrorism poses a common threat for all countries in the region.

Li's remarks came two days after a truck rammed into a crowd marking the national day of France in Nice on Thursday evening, leaving at least 84 people dead.

The driver of the truck, identified as a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian origin, was shot dead by French police and arms and grenades were found inside the vehicle. French authorities have yet to determine whether he acted alone.

"Countries must join hands to counter terrorism and build a truly open, inclusive society, in order to wipe out the hotbed for terrorism," said the Chinese premier.

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