BEIJING -- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan appealed for international cooperation Monday to "defeat the scourge of terrorism" and said all countries must pledge to deny extremists financing and safe haven.
"I agree with you that the world is troubled," Annan told Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. "I haven't seen it this messy for a long time."
He also said the subject of Iraq "came up" in his meeting with President Jiang Zemin but that specifics weren't discussed.
During a meeting with Jiang and in later comments to journalists, Annan denounced a bomb attack Saturday night on the Indonesian island resort of Bali that killed more than 180 people, calling it a "brutal and inhuman act."
"We all believe there is a need for international cooperation particularly when it comes to fighting terrorism and what happened in Indonesia really underscores a need for us to work together to defeat the scourge of terrorism," Annan said to Jiang at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of the Chinese legislature in central Beijing.
Annan -- last year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize -- said the bombing underscored the U.N. Security Council's efforts to fight terror. All countries must "come together to share information to decide not to support terrorism, not to give them financial support, not to give them safety, not to give them comfort," he said.
Annan's two-day visit to China -- whose recent economic success and poverty reduction he praised -- is part of his annual visits to the five permanent U.N. Security Council members. The trip is "not linked to any specific current event," spokesman Fred Eckhard said last week.
Still, he said he discussed Iraq with Jiang but said the two men didn't get into specifics about a possible tough new U.N. measure demanding that Baghdad cooperate with arms inspectors or face military retribution.
"Iraq came up, but we didn't discuss resolutions," Annan said.
China's permanent U.N. Security Council seat gives it veto power -- and a pivotal role in any vote on the use of force against Baghdad and its leader, Saddam Hussein. It has issued a tepid response to the U.S.- and British-backed proposal for such a U.N.-backed ultimatum, saying the return of inspectors should be the top priority.
The secretary general's trip was almost delayed by Security Council negotiations on a new Iraq resolution, but he decided after consultations to go ahead with the trip.
He is scheduled to go next to Mongolia and, after that, five central Asian republics.
Earlier Monday, Annan was in the eastern city of Hangzhou, where he sounded a health alarm for the world's most populous nation, warning that China has "no time to lose" in preventing a massive outbreak of AIDS and must take decisive action to prevent it from hurting the country's economy.
U.N. officials here have pushed Beijing's communist leaders to heed the issue, warning in a lengthy report this summer that 10 million Chinese could be infected by the end of the decade unless more is done.
"China stands on brink of an explosive AIDS epidemic," Annan told students at Zhejiang University.
Failure to tackle the problem would saddle China with burdens ranging from an exponential growth in numbers of AIDS orphans to development-sapping loss of efficiency, he warned.
China says about 1 million Chinese are infected with the AIDS virus, but claims the rate of new infections seems to be falling.
The Health Ministry says government efforts are helping reduce new infections, citing the supply of low-cost treatment and the cleanup of an unsanitary blood-buying industry blamed for infecting thousands of rural villagers.
The communist government only recently became willing even to discuss the issue after denying for years that AIDS was a problem.
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