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Wang Yi: safeguarding regional peace and development by practicing the Asian security concept

On August 10, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the 21st ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Wang Yi said that Asia has maintained peace, stability and relatively fast development over recent years. It is because countries in the region are committed to improving economy and people's well-being, making Asia the most dynamic and promising region in the world. It is because countries in the region are active about engaging in and promoting regional cooperation. They work in concert to foster the spirit of consensus building and accommodating all parties' comfort levels. It is also because major countries carry out sound interactions in the region, creating a generally stable regional environment.

Wang Yi said that in today's world, where globalization is gaining momentum, we need to keep pace with the times and come up with a security concept for the 21st century, so as to ensure the long-lasting peace and security of Asia. China believes that it is necessary to advocate the practice of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept of Asia, and blaze a new trail of security that is upheld and shared by all and brings benefits to all. This proposal has won recognition and support from other Asian countries. The new security concept is in conformity with the historical trend of Asian countries forging a community of common destiny and meets the urgent requirements of all parties for cooperation to tackle security challenges. Pooling the wisdom and consensus of all countries, it opens up a new and broad prospect for security cooperation in Asia.

Wang Yi said that the Asian security concept calls for consultation and dialogue rather than threat of force, openness and inclusiveness rather than mutual repulsion, win-win cooperation rather than zero-sum game. All parties should deepen security dialogue and promote common security. In disputes over territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, parties concerned should seek for peaceful resolutions through negotiation and consultation based on international law, norms governing international relations and historical facts. The Six-Party Talks should be resumed at an early date, in a bid to push forward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability there. Extensive and inclusive national reconciliation in Afghanistan should be pursued so as to promote peaceful reconstruction and development there.

All parties should enhance non-traditional security cooperation and promote comprehensive security. We hope that all parties will be actively engaged in the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise 2015(ARF DiREx 2015), which will be jointly held by China and Malaysia in February, 2015.

Major countries should enhance sound interactions and highlight cooperative security. Major countries should be objective and reasonable when judging each other's strategic intentions and stick to the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. China is committed to enhancing China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, building the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US and deepening China-India strategic cooperative partnership.

All parties should explore ways to set up a new security architecture so as to ensure sustainable security. Efforts should be made to change the situation where security cooperation in Asia has long been unable to catch up with economic cooperation, and set up a security architecture tailored to the region that can live up to requirements of all sides. Various kinds of mechanisms can work side by side, while different forces can each play their own roles. The centrality of ASEAN should be upheld and mechanisms such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the enlarged session of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting should make more contributions to regional security. We should stay open and inclusive, stick to multilateralism, discard the outdated thinking of power politics and military deterrence, take one step at a time and run security cooperation in parallel with economic cooperation so that they can reinforce each other.

Wang Yi pointed out that the ARF should give priority to trust in the future, put confidence-building measures at its core, build up consensus through preventive diplomacy, be result-oriented, deepen cooperation in non-traditional security fields such as disaster relief, counter-terrorism, campaign against cross-border crimes, maritime security and cyber security, be open-minded and keep pace with the times so as to enhance the efficacy and vitality of the ARF.

Other foreign ministers to the meeting said that the ARF has long been committed to increasing communication, mutual trust, coordination and cooperation among countries in the region on security issues, which has promoted regional peace and stability and played a positive role in maintaining the sound environment of development for the Asia-Pacific. Countries in the region are still faced with challenges in upholding common security. The ARF should have more coordination with other security mechanisms of the region, step up institutional and capacity building in dealing with non-traditional security issues and preserve the dynamism and prospect of development in the region.

At the beginning of the meeting, Wang Yi joined Foreign Minister Anifah Aman of Malaysia and Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin of Myanmar in holding the logo unveiling ceremony of ARF DiREx 2015 with the presence of foreign ministers from other countries, announcing the official start of the preparation work.

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