News / Asia

China Hails bin Laden Death, Defends Pakistan

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu responds to questions during a press briefing in Beijing (file photo)
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu responds to questions during a press briefing in Beijing (file photo)
Stephanie Ho

China is praising the death of Osama bin Laden and defending its ally Pakistan against accusations that it did little to find the al Qaida leader.  But the reaction among local residents was mixed.

The Chinese government early Tuesday issued a statement calling Osama bin Laden’s death a major event and a positive development in the international struggle against terrorism.

At the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s regular briefing, spokeswoman Jiang Yu called terrorism the public enemy of the international community.

She said China has always been against any form of terrorism and actively participates in global anti-terrorist efforts.

Jiang told reporters China also has been the victim of numerous terrorist activities, although she gave no details. The Chinese government in recent years has justified crackdowns in its Muslim-majority western Xinjiang region by saying they were aimed at countering terrorist networks.

Jiang Tuesday did not directly answer a question about whether Beijing sees a greater terrorist threat coming from inside or outside of the country.

The foreign ministry spokeswoman also said China stands firmly behind Pakistan.

Jiang said China believes Pakistan’s government is firmly resolved and strongly active in its fight against terrorism and has made important contributions to international anti-terrorist efforts.

In Beijing, Chinese people had mixed feelings about bin Laden’s death.  Some, like this man who refused to give his name, welcomed the news.

He said he thinks it is a good thing, because if there are fewer terrorists, then there will be more peace.  And he said peace is what ordinary people like him want.

Mr. Li, a businessman, had a different opinion.  He said that in his Chinese way of thinking, no one is absolutely right or wrong - including bin Laden and the United States.

He said if the United States sets itself up as the world’s policeman, it is only natural that people in other countries will want to target the United States.

Chinese activists outside of the country were skeptical of the government’s positive reaction to bin Laden’s death.  Bob Fu is with ChinaAid, a group that monitors the treatment of Christians in China.

"I don’t think the Chinese government really cares about whether bin Laden [is] dead or alive," Fu noted.  "Actually, I would think the Chinese top leaders’ mentality is they want to see him alive, so that the U.S. could be busy handling al Qaida and bin Laden’s group and not to put so much focus on the Chinese."

Fu said he thinks the Chinese government is worried more about domestic stability, rather than external terrorist threats.

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid