Security fears ahead of APEC meeting after Paris attacks

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The Cambodian restaurant “Le Petit Cambodge” in Paris’ 10th arrondissement was target of a drive-by shooting, killing dozens pf diners.

The Philippines, this year host of the high-profile summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Manila on November 18-19, said it put its police on full alert and vowed “higher security” for world leaders after a series of bombings and shootings in Paris on the evening of Friday, November 13 whose dead count so far is 129.

US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan, Australia, Canada and 15 others at the APEC meeting, and thousands of delegates are expected.

“The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes,” President Aquino III said in a statement.

“There is no credible threat registered at this time [for the Philippines], but let us all be cooperative and vigilant,” he said, adding the police were on alert and the security forces were evaluating security procedures.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Aquino had put the entire 120,000-strong national police on all 7,100 islands on “full alert”, which she said was standard Philippine security procedure after major terror attacks.

Singapore also raised its alert level, stepping up border checks and other security measures in the wake of the Paris attacks. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said terrorism would be on the agenda of Group of 20 meetings in Turkey next week he is to attend, along with other leaders, for which security will also be beefed up to the highest level.

Meanwhile, extremist militia Islamic State (IS) confessed to have orchestrated what it called “blessed attack on Crusader France”, according to a Reuters report.

However, many are wondering why Paris has been in the focus of Islamist terror again after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in January this year, and why a concert venue and a football stadium were the targets – and even a Cambodian restaurant which was hit by a drive-by shooting?

Its seems that the attackers were only interested in killing as many innocent people as possible in retaliation for France’s proactive stance towards rooting out IS in Syria, and Islamists in Libya, Iraq, Mail and elsewhere, for that matter.

A visibly shaken French President in a TV address vowed “pitiless” counterattack after the killings.

“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” Francois Hollande said early Saturday morning after surveying the concert hall in which dozens of concertgoers were murdered by machine gun fire.

“We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are,’ he added.

“This time it’s war,” declared the daily newspaper Le Parisien, as French media reacted with horror but determination.

“In the name of the true martyrs of yesterday, the innocent victims and in the name of the Republic, France will be able to stay united and stand together,” wrote Le Parisien.

The “terrorist barbarism” has crossed a “historic line”, said the left-leaning newspaper Liberation, calling for France to stay resolute.

Asia-Pacific leaders condemned the wave of deadly attacks.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his country is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the terrorists attacks, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity, he said.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued an advisory urging travelers to France to take precautions. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said the attacks must not be forgiven and that Japan would respond with determination alongside the international community, the Sankei newspaper reported.

“This is indeed a black Friday for France and for the world,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Perth. “The French people and their way of life are under attack.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wrote on Twitter: “I am shocked with what happened in Paris but we must remain united and undeterred in the war against terrorism.”

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha sent a message of condolence on behalf of the government and all Thai people to the French government, expressing sympathy to the families of those killed or injured in the attacks. The government also ordered all security agencies to stay alert at sites popular with foreign visitors in the country and at all border checkpoints.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also condemned the attacks and offered their condolences to the people of France.

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The Cambodian restaurant “Le Petit Cambodge” in Paris’ 10th arrondissement was target of a drive-by shooting, killing dozens pf diners.

The Philippines, this year host of the high-profile summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Manila on November 18-19, said it put its police on full alert and vowed “higher security” for world leaders after a series of bombings and shootings in Paris on the evening of Friday, November 13 whose dead count so far is 129.

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Paris attacks Le Petit Cambodge
The Cambodian restaurant “Le Petit Cambodge” in Paris’ 10th arrondissement was target of a drive-by shooting, killing dozens pf diners.

The Philippines, this year host of the high-profile summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in Manila on November 18-19, said it put its police on full alert and vowed “higher security” for world leaders after a series of bombings and shootings in Paris on the evening of Friday, November 13 whose dead count so far is 129.

US President Barack Obama is set to join the leaders of China, Japan, Australia, Canada and 15 others at the APEC meeting, and thousands of delegates are expected.

“The Philippines and its people stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and all of France, in this time of deepest sorrow and gravest outrage against the perpetrators of these crimes,” President Aquino III said in a statement.

“There is no credible threat registered at this time [for the Philippines], but let us all be cooperative and vigilant,” he said, adding the police were on alert and the security forces were evaluating security procedures.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Aquino had put the entire 120,000-strong national police on all 7,100 islands on “full alert”, which she said was standard Philippine security procedure after major terror attacks.

Singapore also raised its alert level, stepping up border checks and other security measures in the wake of the Paris attacks. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said terrorism would be on the agenda of Group of 20 meetings in Turkey next week he is to attend, along with other leaders, for which security will also be beefed up to the highest level.

Meanwhile, extremist militia Islamic State (IS) confessed to have orchestrated what it called “blessed attack on Crusader France”, according to a Reuters report.

However, many are wondering why Paris has been in the focus of Islamist terror again after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in January this year, and why a concert venue and a football stadium were the targets – and even a Cambodian restaurant which was hit by a drive-by shooting?

Its seems that the attackers were only interested in killing as many innocent people as possible in retaliation for France’s proactive stance towards rooting out IS in Syria, and Islamists in Libya, Iraq, Mail and elsewhere, for that matter.

A visibly shaken French President in a TV address vowed “pitiless” counterattack after the killings.

“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” Francois Hollande said early Saturday morning after surveying the concert hall in which dozens of concertgoers were murdered by machine gun fire.

“We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are,’ he added.

“This time it’s war,” declared the daily newspaper Le Parisien, as French media reacted with horror but determination.

“In the name of the true martyrs of yesterday, the innocent victims and in the name of the Republic, France will be able to stay united and stand together,” wrote Le Parisien.

The “terrorist barbarism” has crossed a “historic line”, said the left-leaning newspaper Liberation, calling for France to stay resolute.

Asia-Pacific leaders condemned the wave of deadly attacks.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his country is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the terrorists attacks, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity, he said.

Japan’s Foreign Ministry issued an advisory urging travelers to France to take precautions. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said the attacks must not be forgiven and that Japan would respond with determination alongside the international community, the Sankei newspaper reported.

“This is indeed a black Friday for France and for the world,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Perth. “The French people and their way of life are under attack.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wrote on Twitter: “I am shocked with what happened in Paris but we must remain united and undeterred in the war against terrorism.”

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha sent a message of condolence on behalf of the government and all Thai people to the French government, expressing sympathy to the families of those killed or injured in the attacks. The government also ordered all security agencies to stay alert at sites popular with foreign visitors in the country and at all border checkpoints.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also condemned the attacks and offered their condolences to the people of France.

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