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Commentary: China devoted to security with Asian features

By Su Xiaohui (People's Daily Online)    17:05, April 29, 2016

With more voices being heard and plans being proposed, China’s status in the international arena has undoubtedly risen since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party.

Speaking about Asian security, Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security in Asia at the Shanghai Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in 2014.

When attending the opening ceremony of the 5th Meeting of CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, Xi urged member countries to build consensus and step up dialogue and coordination in an effort to foster a security governance model with Asian features. The new model is the latest contribution China has made to regional governance.

Sacrificing the security of the majority to safeguard that of the minority goes against history and common sense; special interest cliques, which tend to advocate just such illogical prioritization, inevitably bring conflict and confrontation. For instance, the launch of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance strategy by the U.S. in recent years did not bring Asia peace, but only uncertainty. It proved that a U.S.-led alliance system is not the right option to safeguard the peace and stability of Asia. Instead, a system of security governance with Asian features, as suggested by China, will be best for Asian development.

Xi urged in his speech for Asian countries to uphold mutual understanding and promote the peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue and consultation. When encountering complex regional issues, all concerned countries need to stay calm and avoid taking rash action. They must not undermine the “big picture outlook” for their own good.

"Asian features" include openness and inclusiveness, and China strongly opposes exclusivity. With regards to the development of CICA, China always backs adding new members since expanding the partnership network can only result in better regional relations. In addition, China welcomes those non-Asian countries that contribute positive energy to the peaceful development of Asia.

China also dedicates itself to the top-level design of an Asian security agenda. In recent years, the world has witnessed China's efforts to promote the resolution of regional security issues like the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Afghan issue.

During the CICA meeting, Chinese leaders had a frank talk about the South China Sea issue and reiterated China's "dual-track approach," calling for relevant countries to work together with China to safeguard peace and stability.

China, championing a regional security model with Asian features, will continue to strive for the integration of the Chinese Dream and the Asian Dream to create a brighter future for Asia.

(The author is the Deputy Director of the Department for International and Strategic Studies at the China Institute of International Studies.) 

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