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|Thursday, November 01, 2001, updated at 08:42(GMT+8)|
China Opposes Terrorism in All Forms, Li Peng Says
At a meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Li Peng, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, said that an enhanced international cooperation is necessary for fight against terrorism and the role of the United Nations and its Security Council should be brought into full play in this regard.
"We've noticed the Arab countries are paying close attention to the anti-terror issue and the U.S.-led strike against Afghanistan," he said.
"We oppose to link terrorism to a certain religion or a nation," Li stressed.
He said China upholds that any military strike against terrorism must be based on hard evidence and have definite targets so as to avoid innocents' casualties.
Expressing his hope for an early return of peace to Afghanistan, Li also warned against a spillover of military actions in other countries or regions.
China and Algeria have reached consensus on many issues relating to anti-terror fight, Li said, adding that China is willing to coordinate better with Arab countries including Algeria to safeguard world peace and the interests of all developing countries.
Echoing Li's views on cracking down on terrorism in all forms, Bouteflika said his country firmly opposes terrorism and encourages international cooperation in fighting terrorism. Algeria also upholds that it is vital to eliminate terror starting right from the roots.
Recalling the traditional friendship between the two countries, Li said China will never forget that Algeria has always given firm support to China on major issues like Taiwan and human rights.
Li said the two countries enjoy a stable political relationship while trade and economic cooperation has developed steadily, adding that China is willing to increase exchanges and expand cooperation at different levels between the two countries.
For his part, Bouteflika said he agrees with Li on strengthening bilateral cooperation, saying that Algeria will keep to the One-China policy like before.
During the talks, the two leaders also exchanged views on mideast and Afghanistan.
Li Peng Arrives in AlgeriaLi Peng arrived in Algiers Wednesday for a three-day official visit to Algeria. Algeria is the first leg of Li's five-nation visits to North
Africa and Latin America, which will also take him to Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay and Tunisia.
In a statement released upon his arrival, Li praised as smooth and fruitful the development of the Sino-Algerian relations.
Li, chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), said the sound cooperation between the NPC and the Algerian parliament has for long made important contribution to the development of the Sino-Algerian relations.
China is willing to increase the exchange of high-level visits with Algeria so as to deepen mutual understanding, enhance friendship and enlarge cooperation, he said.
Li, who is visiting Algeria at the invitation of President of the National People's Assembly Abdul Qadir Bin Saleh, said he is looking forward to holding in-depth talks with Algerian leaders on issues of mutual concern.
He is expected to meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the National Council Mohammed Sherif Mossaidia and Prime Minister Ali Benflis.
Li's entourage includes Secretary General of the NPC Standing Committee He Chunlin and Vice Foreign Minister Yang Wenchang.
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