China Learns from Norway to Deal with Terrorist Attack

On March 1, a group of knife-wielding people attacked the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province at around 9 p.m.  29 people were killed and 143 were injured in 12 minutes. 20 of the 143 injured are still in critical condition, according to the Chinese health authority.

The terrorist attack shocked everyone in China. As people are condemning the terrorists and mourning for the victims, they are also searching for the answer of why this happened and what should be done to cope with the tragedy.

Book Ifeng, which belongs to Phoenix Television, a big private broadcaster in mainland China, made a special report about the terrorist attack on its WeChat(a popular mobile communication service) public platform on March 6. In the featured report series, they wrote an article titled Norway’s Experience After the Terrorist Attacks. 

The article described the terrorist attacks made by Anders Behring Breivik on July 22, 2011. Measures taken by the former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and the government after the attacks were reminded. It wrote that Norwegians started to rethink about their values after this event. People cared more about politics to defend democracy, since they realized they should protect it from people who aimed to harm it. 

The publication noted China can learn from Norway and Norwegian people’s attitude in dealing with the trauma of the last week’s terrorist attack.

The article ended with quotes from former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, ”Good things will appear after bad things. People care more about each other and cherish society and friends more. … The belief in universal values in Norway grows firmer.”

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