Give terror list ahead of G-20 meet: China

Police dogs are seen in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 3, 2016.
Police dogs are seen in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 3, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING • China is asking countries participating in this year's Group of 20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou to provide lists of possible terror groups and terrorists who might target the meeting, a state- run newspaper said.

The summit, expected to be held in early September, will gather major world leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama.

"We're facing a grim task in fighting terrorism, and we hope participating countries will work together with Chinese policy to ensure the safety of such large-scale meetings," senior Chinese counter-terrorism official Hou Le told the China Daily.

The newspaper added that China was asking police liaisons to hand over lists of groups or people who might be a security threat or who might target leaders at the summit.

China has been seeking more counter-terrorism cooperation with Western countries, which the West has generally been unwilling to give, fearful of complicity in possible human rights abuses in China, especially in the restive region of Xinjiang.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'Give terror list ahead of G-20 meet: China'. Print Edition | Subscribe