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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on JASTA
2016/10/11

At a regular press conference on October 10th, 2016, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang made remarks on JASTA as follows:

Q: The US Senate and House of Representatives overturned President Obama's veto and passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which allows US citizens to file lawsuits against foreign governments with US courts about terrorist attacks that kill US citizens on the US territory. Some countries have expressed strong concerns with the US about the Act. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side firmly opposes all forms of terrorism and supports the international community in conducting counter-terrorism cooperation. The Chinese side believes that the international endeavour against terrorism should bring into full play the leading role of the UN, conform to purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and follow international law and norms governing international relations, including sovereign equality and other international law principles. Countries must not put their domestic laws above international law, nor link terrorism with specific countries, nations or religions.

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