(CAMS) successfully hosted the Fifth Xiangshan Forum in Beijing from the 20th to 22nd of November, 2014. With “Win-win through Cooperation: Building an Asian Community of Shared Destiny” as its theme, the forum focused its discussion on “Regional Security Architecture: Current Status and Prospects”, “Regional Maritime Security: Cooperation and Challenges”, “Regional Terrorism: Trends and Counter-Measures”.
The Fifth Xiangshan Forum is a multilateral international dialogue platform discussing Asian security and defense security issues. The forum has been promoted from a Track-2 to Track-1.5 platform. Over 300 participants from more than 61 countries and 4 international organizations took part in all the forum activities, including delegations from defense organizations and armed forces of 47 countries. 14 officials were at the level of defense minister, and 19 at the level of deputy defense minister.
In the spirit of “Openness, Inclusiveness, Mutual Learning and Cooperation”, the Forum convened 5 plenary sessions and 3 concurrent sessions according to the set theme and topics. 13 officials at or above deputy ministerial level and 6 experts delivered speeches at the plenary sessions and 51 participants during the concurrent sessions. General Chang Wanquan, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense, made a keynote speech during the First Plenary Session. Air General Liu Chengjun, Chairman of CAMS, addressed the Opening Reception. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and Liu Zhenmin, Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China delivered speeches separately at the opening reception and the dinner hosted by Ministry of National Defense of China upon invitation.