Asian leaders condemned the wave of deadly attacks in Paris Friday night that left at least 120 people dead, while placing regional authorities on security alert ahead of international summits scheduled in Turkey, the Philippines and Malaysia.
“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.”
With leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila starting Monday, Philippine officials said they were assessing the situation and taking precautions to ensure the safety of all delegates. The attacks may put terrorism on top of the policy agenda at the G-20 meeting in Turkey starting Saturday.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed shock at the attacks in a Facebook post Saturday and said they make a planned discussion for terrorism at the G-20 meeting “more relevant and urgent than ever.” 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.”
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.
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.