China joins Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan in security alliance

BEIJING: China has announced that it is setting up an anti-terrorism alliance with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, state media said on Thursday. According to the media reports, the main purpose of the alliance is to boost coordination with neighbours to tackle what it says is a growing domestic militant threat. Fang Fenghui, a member of the powerful Central Military Commission which controls China’s armed forces, hosted a meeting with his counterparts on Wednesday in Urumqi, the capital of the western Xinjiang region, where officials say they are battling Islamist militants. The four countries recognised the serious threat of terrorism and extremism to regional stability and agreed to set up a “four-country mechanism” for intelligence sharing and training. “All parties reaffirmed they will cooperate to respond to these forces, and safeguard all member countries’ peace and stability,” a military spokesperson said. Those who attended the meeting were Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Afghan Army Chief General Qadam Shah Shaheem, and the Chief of General Staff of the Tajikistan armed forces, Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda. The meeting comes after China’s defence minister this week thanked Afghanistan’s Shaheem for support in fighting the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an Islamist group

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