Your Excellency Bob Hawke, the most senior participant at this forum, Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
Autumn is the best season in Beijing with red tree leaves and clear blue skies. At such a time, the 7th Xiangshan Forum has been convened as scheduled. First of all, on behalf of China Association of Military Science and China Institute for International Strategic Studies, I’d like to extend our warm welcome to all the distinguished guests, and our heartfelt thanks to Gen. Zulkifeli, Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces, for his attending this forum in person and delivering a keynote speech.
Since its establishment in 2006, with the joint efforts and strong support of all parties concerned, Xiangshan Forum has been successfully held for six times, and has been upgraded from Track 2 to Track 1.5. Now, the notability and influence of Xiangshan Forum are steadily rising. Upholding the spirit of equality, respect, openness and inclusiveness, Xiangshan Forum has been committed to further increasing mutual trust, dispelling misgivings, building consensus and expanding cooperation, has gradually become an important Asian-Pacific high-end platform for security and defense dialogues, and has made a positive contribution to our pursuit of global peace and development and regional security and stability.
The theme for Xiangshan Forum varies from year to year, but what remains unchanged is that we cherish and long for world peace and security and we explore and pursue the development of human civilization. This year’s theme is “Enhance Security Dialogue and Cooperation; Build A New Model of International Relations” and the topics for discussion cover not only the maintenance of Asian-Pacific security and stability but also such important issues regarding world security and development as the perfecting of global governance, and the deepening of international fight against terrorism, and they not only conform to the world developmental trend and seek to meet the common expectations of people of all countries, but also satisfy the international community’s urgent demand to work together to build a new type of international relations taking win-win cooperation as the core. These topics show that we pay more and more attention to the future of the world and have more and more humanistic concern. If we have any other good topic for discussion, please don’t hesitate to bring them forward. So, let’s voice our views freely, conduct dialogues on an equal footing, and have in-depth exchanges.
Today, defense department delegations of 59 countries and six international organization delegations and more than 400 famous politicians, experts and scholars gather together at the foot of Xiangshan Hill to discuss security cooperation, and explore new ways to maintain peace. As the host of this forum, we feel very much honored and will do our best to create good conditions for the forum and provide high-quality service and support.
One month ago, China successfully hosted the Hangzhou G-20 Summit, which incorporated China’s proposal of building a community of shared future for mankind and adopted the Hangzhou Consensus based on vision, integration, openness and inclusiveness. President Xi Jinping pointed it out in his keynote speech that we can work together to build a peaceful and stable international environment, and should adhere to multilateralism, settle disagreements and disputes through dialogue and consultation; that we can work together to build a global partnership for win-win cooperation and need to step up communication and coordination on major global issues; and that we can work together to improve global economic governance and construct a new landscape of global economic governance, which should embrace openness, be driven by cooperation, and be a mechanism of sharing. These are the guidance for and the implication of this year’s forum as well.
I sincerely hope that, during this forum, all of us can enhance mutual understanding through communication, promote unity through inclusiveness, discuss differences through mutual trust, resolve contradictions through cooperation, and gather strength through mutual benefit and win-win, so as to propel forward the world order in the direction of being more fair and reasonable and provide more constructive thinking and methods regarding the world’s peace, stability and prosperity.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
This year’s forum coincides with the 10th anniversary of Xiangshan Forum. The past ten years was unstable and volatile, but it was also a time of fruitful achievements. I am confident that, with the joint efforts of all of us, this year’s forum will be a sure success, and will create better conditions for our next forum. I wish all of us good health and happy stay in Beijing.