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Foreign defense ministers' remarks at Sixth Xiangshan Forum

(Source: China Military Online)   2015-10-19

  BEIJING, October 19 (ChinaMil) -- After two days of in-depth dialogues and communication, the sixth Xiangshan Forum held by China Association for Military Science and China Institute for International Strategic Studies concluded in Beijing on October 18, 2015. The following are remarks made by some foreign defense ministers during their participation in the forum.

  Malaysian Defense Minister Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein:

  "As the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Malaysia welcomes the series of initiatives proposed by China. I believe a partnership based on equality and mutual respect will promote the common development of the ASEAN and China, and make the 21st century the century of Asia. Strengthening the cooperation with China isn't an option for us, but a must."

  Cambodian deputy prime minister and defense minister Tea Banh:

  "The Asia-Pacific region is faced with a number of security challenges. We agree to the principles proposed by China, including solving disputes and dealing with conflicts through dialogue, taking measures to build trust and carrying out pragmatic cooperation. I believe we will be able to achieve peace, stability and prosperity if all parties can observe those principles."

  Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen:

  "Economic integration is good for us all because it can promote world peace and stability. Singapore strongly supports the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Belt and Road Initiative, and supports China in playing a leading role in promoting the stability and security in Asia."

  Tajikistan Defense Minister Sherali Mirzo:

  "The terrorism in Afghanistan requires us to more effectively coordinate bilateral and multilateral efforts and take urgent steps to keep terrorist threats from spreading across the Central Asia. It is our priority to combat terrorism, and Tajikistan is willing to carry out multilateral and bilateral cooperation with all concerned stakeholders."

  Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu:

  "People around the world come across all kinds of problems every day, some regional, some global, and some cannot be solved by a single country. We need to solve those problems through collective cooperation and build a sound security environment by intensifying exchange and cooperation."

  Mongolian Defense Minister Tserendash Tsolmon:

  "Regional security issues shall be jointly solved by all countries in the region, big and small. As a friendly neighbor to countries in Northeast Asia, Mongolia is willing to contribute to solving regional security issues through dialogue, and has actively taken part in all security agendas."

  East Timor Defense Minister Cirilo José Cristovão:

  "Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have different economic, social, cultural and geopolitical conditions, and the deepening integration process and their interdependence have exerted major impacts on our diplomatic, economic and defense policies. Dialogue and cooperation are critical for promoting stability, peace and security in the region."

  Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif

  "We believe that a peaceful and stable Afghan is important for Pakistan and the region at large. We welcome the positive role played by China in solving the Afghan issue. Only when a peaceful and stable security environment is in place can we benefit from projects such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor."

Editor:Yao Jianing
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