Great Wall 2022 Forum Aims to Build Consensus and Strengthen International Anti-Terrorism Cooperation


By Li Chen, Lin Congyi, Zhang He and Liu Hongfei

BEIJING, Sept. 2 — The Great Wall-2022 International Counterterrorism Forum concluded on Wednesday. Sponsored by the Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAP), the two-day forum attracted more than 170 representatives of armed police forces or such armed forces from 30 countries including China, Russia, Pakistan, Brazil and the United States. ‘Italy.

Around the themes of international counter-terrorism cooperation and unmanned and smart weapons in counter-terrorism operations, participants had exchanges of views and discussions on counter-terrorism ideas, practices and examples.

The photo shows the forum display board in front of the venue of the Great Wall-2022 International Counterterrorism Forum held in Beijing from August 30 to 31, 2022. (Photo by Lin Congyi)

Currently, the global governance system is undergoing profound adjustments, along with the emergence of traditional and non-traditional security threats and the increase of unstable and uncertain factors. Facing a world haunted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the successful holding of this forum underscores China’s willingness and determination to work with its international counterparts to address emerging terrorist threats.

One of the Chinese PAP participants communicates with his foreign counterpart on the topic of unmanned equipment and the application of smart weapons in counterterrorism operations during the 2022 Great Wall International Forum on Counterterrorism terrorism held in Beijing from August 30 to 31, 2022. (Photo by Lin Congyi)

As unmanned equipment and smart technologies associated with artificial intelligence are implemented, the fight against terrorism is turning into gear. During a discussion on the special topic of “the application of an unmanned and intelligent weapons platform in counter-terrorism operations under different circumstances”, the unit’s senior colonel Qu Liangfeng of the Chinese PAP’s Snow Leopard commando, presented the innovative development that the Chinese armed police units have made in the application of unmanned and intelligent weapons in counter-terrorism operations.

The 2022 Great Wall International Counterterrorism Forum is being held in Beijing from August 30 to 31, 2022. (Photo by Lin Congyi)

The use of armored unmanned vehicles (UAVs) in counter-terrorism operations is a rather new counter-terrorism method in the world, and the Chinese side’s sharing with us is highly appreciated, said Col. Senior Defense and Army Attaché Prathai Chongsakul. at the Thai Embassy in China. He said the forum provides an opportunity for militaries from different countries to collectively discuss and study the application of drones as a new tool in counter-terrorism operations.

During the forum, many participants also spoke of the need to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel Slavenka Lucic from the Police Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia summarized the country’s experience in the fight against terrorism, in particular the experience of the Serbian Police Directorate in cooperation and conducting joint exercises and training with other countries. Intelligence Colonel Vigneswari Viswanathan from Army Field Command West, Malaysia, shared his country’s experience and practice in exploring cooperation mechanisms and strengthening multilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“What we need is openness, I hope countries with professional counter-terrorism knowledge and experience should share their knowledge and experience with less experienced countries,” he said. Brig. General Evaristo Sakala, Defense Attaché at the Zambian Embassy in China, discussing the strengthening of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“The themes of the Great Wall-2022 are forward-looking and inspiring study, which opens a new direction for exploration and study on strengthening international cooperation against terrorism in response to a counter-terrorism situation more complex and volatile,” Senior Col. Mi. Yanguang of the Chinese PAP’s Falcon Commando Unit told reporters in an interview ahead of the forum’s closing ceremony.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the forum via video link, Major General Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, Deputy Commander of Vietnam Mobile Police Command, also praised the forum saying that the successful convening of this forum will inject new momentum into the international struggle. -cooperation against terrorism and further promote the establishment of cooperative relations between the law enforcement agencies of countries around the world in order to effectively combat terrorism.

Photo taken on Aug. 31, 2022 shows the closing ceremony of the Great Wall-2022 International Counterterrorism Forum. The forum was held in Beijing from August 30 to 31, 2022. (Photo by Lin Congyi)

As an important mark of international military cooperation created by the Chinese PAP, before the Great Wall-2022, the Great Wall International Forum on Counterterrorism was held in 2016, 2018 and 2019 under the themes of “Strategy counter-terrorism strategy”, respectively “anti-terrorist strategy in the mountains” and “special forces shooting”.


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