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Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin Attends the Seventh Xiangshan Forum

2016/10/12

On October 11, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin attended the seventh Xiangshan Forum held in Beijing, and delivered a main speech entitled "Work Together to Improve Regional Security Architecture and Address Common Challenges" at the first plenary session of the forum.

Liu Zhenmin expressed that compared with relatively mature and stable economic cooperation frameworks in Asia-Pacific region, the fostering of a security architecture in the area is lagging behind, making it difficult to deal with growing complex security challenges in a timely and effective way. This calls for the building of an Asia-Pacific security architecture consistent with regional conditions and the interests of all parties. The construction of a new Asia-Pacific security architecture should have following features: first, it should be guided by a new security concept and advocate the concept featuring common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security; second, the regional security architecture should be based on the rule of law and international norms, and abide by international and regional relationship norms which are jointly agreed by all countries; third, the security architecture should be held together by partnerships. We should jointly build an Asia-Pacific partnership featuring equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness and mutual benefit through consultation and mutual accommodation; fourth, the security architecture should be supported by a comprehensive, multi-level and multi-layered network, and further coordinate, upgrade and improve existing mechanisms; fifth, it should draw strength from common development and achieve inclusive and mutually beneficial development. China is willing to jointly promote the construction of a regional security architecture with all sides, so as to work together to forge an Asia-Pacific community of common destiny.

The session was chaired by Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress Fu Ying. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke of Australia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Banh of Cambodia, Minister of National Defence Chansamone Chanyalath of Laos, Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee of New Zealand, Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung of Singapore and Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov of Russia also made statements during the meeting. Over 500 officials, experts and scholars from over 60 countries and 6 international organizations attended the meeting.

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