Dai Bingguo Delivers Speech at the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia
On June 8, 2010, the Third Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held in Istanbul, Turkey. Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, as President Hu Jintao's special representative, attended the meeting and delivered a speech.
Dai said over the 18 years, CICA, with its member states working hand in hand, has continued to grow and played a unique role as a useful platform for enhancing mutual understanding and confidence among Asian countries, safeguarding regional security and stability, and promoting regional exchanges and cooperation. CICA is growing stronger and more mature. Its purposes and principles are widely recognized by Asian countries.
Dai pointed out Asia is an important part of the world that is undergoing major development, adjustment and transformation different from that of 18 years ago. The world today is still far form being tranquil. Yet the force of peace and development has never before been so powerful, the trend towards multi-polarity never so clear, destines of countries never so closely connected, the call for international cooperation and greater democracy in international relations never so strong. Where we live today is a world witnessing growing trends toward pluralism, diversity and multi-polarity. Such a world can no longer tolerate hegemony of any forms or a single value system. The days are gone when one or two, or a handful of countries dominated world affairs.
Dai said despite multiple complex problems and challenges, Asia shows greater dynamism and potential than the rest of the world and is making increasingly significant contribution to world peace, development and progress with abundant human resources, diverse culture, fast growth and regional cooperation. Asia faces unprecedented development opportunities and multiple options of regional cooperation. At the same time, it is also plagued by quite a number of hot-spot issues and security threats. Maintaining peace and stability, promoting economic development and improving people's well-being remain a long-standing and arduous task.
Dai emphasized that to create a good regional environment, it is important to make full use of CICA and other regional mechanisms of multilateral exchanges and cooperation. This serves the interests and meets the common needs of all countries. CICA members should focus on the post-financial-crisis era, increase trust and coordination and unswervingly pursue the following efforts:
First, work together for a secure and stable Asia. We should stay committed to the new security concept of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, which requires us to not only value our respective national security, but also accommodate the legitimate security concerns of other countries and respect each other's core interests. We should respect the rights of all countries to safeguard national unity, territorial integrity and ethnic solidarity, respect the rights of all countries to independently choose development paths and formulate domestic and foreign policies and respect the equal rights of all countries to participate in international affairs and seek development. We should commit ourselves to peaceful approaches to disputes and differences and firm and joint response to all kinds of threats and challenges, including terrorism, separatism, extremism, drug trafficking and organized transnational crimes, so as to maintain long-term security and stability in the region.
Second, work together for a developed and prosperous Asia. It is important that all Asian countries should adhere to the policy of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation, strengthen coordination of macro economic policies and actively explore their unique advantages and potential. It is important to gradually advance regional cooperation and free trade arrangements, and continuously expand and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, such as economy, trade, science and technology, investment, energy, resources, transportation and communications. It is important to value, pursue and uphold our common interests.
Third, work together for harmony and progress in Asia. We should treat each other with sincerity, good-will and an open and inclusive mind, and we should allow different countries, nations, faiths and civilizations to live in harmony and move forward together through mutual learning. We should build a colorful and harmonious Asia.
On China's development, Dai said China's prosperity, development, security and stability would not be possible without the revitalization, peace and tranquility of Asia, and Asia's prosperity, development, security and stability would not be possible without the development and stability of China. China is country that is responsible towards the Chinese people, towards Asia and towards the world. China loves peace, values stability, pursues cooperation and commits to development. China will continue to unremittingly consolidate and strengthen good-neighborly and friendly relations with all countries in Asia, expand and deepen mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation and offer help where help is needed in good faith within the realm of its ability. China will actively participate in and support the development of regional and sub-regional cooperation mechanisms and makes its due contributions to a more prosperous, stable and secure Asia. China is still a developing country. Even if one day we complete the journey and become developed, we will remain committed to the path of peaceful development of Asia and the whole world. China will never seek to be superpower and will never seek hegemony in Asia or the world. China is ready to work together with all Asian countries to reaffirm our commitment to cooperation, improve our cooperation mechanisms and enhance our cooperation practices. Dai called for joint efforts to manage Asian affairs well for the next decade and make the 21st century a century of cooperation, security and prosperity for Asia.