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China seeks global anti-terror efforts as 'IS releases song'

By Agencies

BEIJING - A song in Mandarin purportedly released by Islamic State shows the need for closer global cooperation against terrorism, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, as a senior official said the fight against Islamist militancy had made progress.

It has urged greater coordination to fight terrorism after attacks in Mali and Paris and the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, but has said there is no military solution in Syria, with state media criticising the West and Russia for air strikes there.

Over the weekend, Islamic State's propaganda arm, Al Hayat media centre, appears to have put online a recording in Mandarin that exhorted its "Muslim brothers" to awaken.

In the four-minute song titled "I am Mujahid", a man chants: "To die fighting on the battlefield is my dream," and "No force can stop our advance".

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she could not comment on whether the recording was issued by Islamic State, but said it showed that "terrorism is the common enemy of mankind" and the need to stop extremists using the Internet.

"In the face of terrorism, no country can stand on its own, and the international community should stand closer together and cooperate to jointly strike against all forms of terrorism," Hua said at a regular news briefing on Tuesday.

Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said at a separate briefing Beijing had already joined in anti-terrorism cooperation with Washington and Moscow.

"At present, relevant countries have proactively coordinated and consulted on their anti-Islamic State actions in Syria and they have had definite progress on fighting terrorism," Cheng added.

As China's economic and business interests abroad grow, it has increasingly been affected by the activities of militant groups.

Three Chinese executives were killed in Mali when Islamist militants stormed a hotel, and Beijing vowed justice when the Islamic State killed a Chinese captive in November.

The government says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in violence in recent years.

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