BEIJING, Oct. 12 (ChinaMil) -- The sixth Xiangshan Forum, cosponsored by China Military Science Society (CMSS) and China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), will be held in China National Convention Center in Beijing from October 16 to 18, reporter learned from a briefing held by the Secretariat of the Sixth Xiangshan Forum on Monday morning.
It is reported that around 500 representatives from home and abroad will attend the Xiangshan Forum. These representatives include official representatives from 49 countries and 4 international organizations as well as experts and scholars from 39 countries.
The Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, will be the guest speaker at the reception banquet on the evening of October 16. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), will give a keynote speech at the forum on the morning of October 17, 2015.
“The Xiangshan Forum has become an Asian security and defense dialogue platform with international influence and it is a famous brand of China's military diplomacy," said Lieutenant General He Lei, Secretary-General of the Secretariat of the Sixth Xiangshan Forum and vice commandant of the PLA Academy of Military Science.
Huang Baifu, deputy director of the CIISS, pointed out that this year’s Xiangshan Forum has two distinctive characters:
First, the forum has a wider range of participants. In addition to defense ministers, the forum also invited the commanders and chiefs of staff from participating countries. Some countries send two or three delegations. 14 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Indonesia who didn’t send official delegations last year, will send official delegations to the forum this year.
Second, the level of representatives is higher compared with that of last year. This year, the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will attend the forum. Besides, defense ministers from16 countries including Malaysia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, East Timor, Nepal, Brunei, Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Sri Lanka will attend the forum. Five army commanders and chiefs of staff from Malaysia, Thailand and other countries will also participate in the forum.
Major General Yao Yunzhu, member of the Secretariat of the forum and director of the Center on China-American Defense Relations of the PLA Academy of Military Science, introduced that the forum has invited leaders of think tanks and military academies around the world. International scholars and media people were also invited.
These leaders include the commandant of the U.S. National Defense University, the director of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Military Academy of France, the dean of Army Command Academy of Germany and the deputy dean of the National Defense College of the Philippines.
Yao Yunzhu also expressed that the forum has invited scholars of neighboring countries and small and medium countries of the world, including academics from the ASEAN, South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. The number of young scholars is bigger than previous years.
The Xiangshan Forum is a platform established by the CMSS in 2006. The first four forums were positioned as a track-2 communication platform between international defense personnel and academics and the forum was held every two years.
In order to meet the new demands of changes in the security environment in Asia Pacific and needs for security cooperation, the biennial forum has been upgraded to the track-1.5 high level dialogue platform of security and defense in Asian and is held once a year since the 5th Xiangshan Forum in 2014.
Topics of the forum focus on security cooperation in Asia and the Asia-Pacific and other major national security issues. Participants of the forum expanded from Chinese and foreign experts and scholars to leaders of Asia-Pacific countries, leaders of defense departments or armed forces, people responsible for the permanent bodies of international organizations, former military and political officials and well-known scholars.