From People's Daily
It’s rare to see NATO and the US launch such a high-profile anti-East
Turkistan Islamic Movement campaign, said a Chinese national strategy
researcher in an interview with the Global Times on Feb. 8.
The US Defense Department sees room to work with China in the fight
against jihadists in Afghanistan, Asia Times reported Thursday, quoting
assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall
Schriver’s response about whether China could be a constructive
counterterrorism partner in Afghanistan.
China has been against violent terrorist activities in all forms in
Afghanistan, and wishes NATO can safeguard peace and stability in
Afghanistan and play a positive role in the country’s reconstruction,
said Qian Feng, a researcher at Tsinghua University’s National Strategy
Institute (NSI), adding that this campaign shows the US’s positive
attitude toward cooperation with China in counterterrorism.
Through multinational cooperation mechanisms and the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization (SCO), China has actively participated in the
peace and reconstruction work in Afghanistan, said Qian. Combating such
terrorist groups as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement is in China’s
interests, and also serves the interests of the US and other countries.
This is a sound start and it’s hoped that there will be more room for cooperation, the researcher said.
The US, Britain, and the UN have all listed the East Turkistan
Islamic Movement as an Islamic extremist separatist organization.
The airstrikes targeted training camps near the Afghan border with
China and Tajikistan. As the military announced Tuesday, “Over the past
96 hours, U.S. forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban
training facilities in Badakhshan province, preventing the planning and
rehearsal of terrorist acts near the border with China and Tajikistan.”