Asia, U.K. should work together on counterterrorism

Asia must work with the U.K. on counterterrorism to stop terrorists from circumventing security measures, a U.K. government official said on Tuesday.

Conservative Member of Parliament James Brokenshire (Old Bexley and Sidcup) made the remarks on Tuesday as part of a special address during the Securing Asia 2013 counterterrorism conference in London. Brokenshire said the U.K. and Asia must work together to continue Asia's economic rise and to counteract the threat of terrorism.

"We cannot do this in isolation," Brokenshire said. "With the increasing attractiveness of international civil aviation as a target; with terrorists becoming ever more creative in their attempts to circumvent our security measures; and with the additional challenges presented by developments in the way we communicate, success is more than ever dependent on collaboration with like-minded partners overseas."

Brokenshire said the focus in the U.K. is on the implementation of CONTEST, the government's counterterrorism strategy. He said the program's strategies sit under its four pillars of pursue, prevent, protect and prepare.

"This provides the legal and strategic framework for the government's counter terrorism activity both home and abroad," Brokenshire said. "CONTEST seeks both to reduce the threat of terrorism to the UK, and to reduce our vulnerability to attack."

Brokenshire said the success of countering terrorism during the 2012 Olympic Games provided the U.K. with important lessons it would like to share with Asia.

"We believe the experience we have gained is translatable, scalable and repeatable," Brokenshire said. "We have a lot to offer, and we are keen to share our expertise. And I am pleased to say that we are already doing so with a number of our international partners across Asia and beyond."

Brokenshire closed by saying he hoped the representatives present at the conference would use provided opportunities to establish or build on existing methods for countering common threats.