7th Xiangshan Forum kicks off in Beijing


China Military
Yao Jianing

10月11日上午9时,第七届香山论坛正式开幕,国务委员兼国防部长常万全致辞。中国军网记者 李爱明 摄
Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 7th Xiangshan Forum in Beijing on October 11, 2016.


BEIJING, Oct. 11 (ChinaMil) -- The 7th Xiangshan Forum officially kicked off in Beijing on Tuesday morning. Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chairman of China International Institute for Strategic Studies, presided over the opening ceremony.


Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.


Gen. Chang noted in his speech that the world today is going through unprecedented changes. On one hand, peace, development and win-win cooperation are the trend of the times, countries are more closely connected than ever before, and the rise of developing countries, especially emerging economies, is pushing the international power landscape toward equilibrium, he said.


On the other hand, the global peace and development are faced with new threats and challenges, and we should keep close watch on some new tendencies in the international security situation, Chang said.


In today's world, development and security are more closely linked than ever, Chang said. Wars, conflicts, terrorism and refugee crisis can all find their roots in backward development, and the final solutions to those problems should also be sought through development, Chang added.


In Chang's opinion, the global strategic stability is under threat, evidenced by certain countries' enhancing military alliance in pursuit for absolute military dominance and seeking their own absolute security at the expense of other countries' security.


Some regional hotspot issues have somewhat heated up because of external instigation, stirring up uncertainty in international security, Chang said. Moreover, unconventional security threats are on the rise and terrorist activities are getting more frequent and intense worldwide with growing damages, he noted.


The Chinese defense chief expressed that Chinese defense department and military are willing to make joint efforts with all parties to create a shared security environment of justice and equality.


To jointly maintain global security environment, China stands ready to work with different parties to hold more dialogues and strengthen security mutual trust, deepen cooperation to deal with challenges, and manage and control divergences, Chang said.


In 2017, Chinese navy will hold joint maritime exercises with the navies of ASEAN member states, and within this year, the Chinese and American navies will stage joint exercises and symposiums focusing on the better and skilled practice of the code of conduct for safe maritime and air encounters, Chang said.


At the end of his speech, Gen. Chang hoped that all the representatives could conduct candid exchange of views and expand consensuses and make contributions to peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region and the world at large.


The annual forum is jointly organized by China Association for Military Science and China International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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