First of all I would like to ask my readers if you had a wonderful summer holiday. I hope you had quality time wherever you are.

In June 2014 I was in Beijing for a week. I had a wonderful time in Beijing where I met many old friends and our students who are studying at various universities there. On Monday June 30th there was an interesting article in the Global Times: In a speech by Mr. Xi there is maybe some hope/openness and perhaps changes are on the way.

Keynote speech focuses on worldwide cooperation and equal coexistence, by President Xi.

The following article was in the Global times “Xi calls for global approach to security”:
On Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping called on countries to participate in global security on an equal footing, saying that flexing military muscle only reveals lack of moral grounds or vision, rather than reflecting one´s strength.

Xi made the remarks in a keynote speech at a commemoration marking the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Stressing that security should be universal, Xi said that all countries have the right to participate in international and regional security affairs on an equal footing and that they should shoulder the shared responsibility to maintain security both internationally and in various regions.

“We should champion common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and respect and ensure every country´s security“, Xi told an audience of over 700.
“It is unacceptable to have security just for one country or some countries while leaving the rest insecure, and still less should one be allowed to seek the so called ´absolute security` of oneself at the expense of others´ security,” he said.

He called on countries to step up cooperation at the global and regional levels and jointly counter non-traditional security threats, fight against terrorism in all forms and remove the breeding grounds of terrorism.

Disputes and differences between countries should be resolved through dialogue, consultation and peaceful means, Xi said, adding that countries should settle disputes and promote security through dialogue.

“Willful threats or use of force should be rejected,” said Xi. “Flexing military muscles only reveals the lack of moral ground or vision rather than reflecting one´s strength.”

He said security can be solid and enduring only if it is based on a moral high ground and vision.

“We should work for a new architecture of Asia-Pacific security cooperation that is open, transparent and equality-based, and bring all countries together in a common endeavor to maintain peace in the world,” XI said.

Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari participated in the commemoration ceremony and delivered speeches.
Also present at the commemoration were Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, top legislator Zhang Dejiang and top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng.

In 1954, leaders of China, India and Myanmar initiated the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which stand for mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other´s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence.
Xi also warned against attempts to establish a dominant civilization in the world and said diversity of civilization is a defining feature of human society.

“There are 7 billion people of more than 2,500 ethnic groups who live in over 200 countries and 5,000 languages”, said the Chinese leader, adding that different nations and civilizations are rich in diversity and have their own distinct features. “No one is superior or inferior to others, “ he said.

“We should respect diversity of civilization and promote exchanges, dialogue, peaceful and harmonious coexistence,” Xi noted, adding that human history has proved that any attempt to establish a dominant civilization in the world is an illusion.

Beijing 2014

6 thoughts on “Beijing 2014

  • September 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm
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    Read somewhere that Mr Xi is going to India soon. Maybe good chance for discussions about this….or what do you think?!

  • September 5, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    Wow, very interesting.
    Hopefully it’s not just “talk”,
    But to have had theese words coming out of him is for sure something to hold on to 🙂
    So now Mr Xi….time to put the words into action !

  • September 6, 2014 at 8:54 am
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    Thank you for your response and I will reply shortly.

  • September 6, 2014 at 9:15 am
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    This time Dalai Lama should and must meet Mr. Modi personally and discuss the issue of himself and Tibet. The Chinese want Dalai Lama return to Tibet, which of course he should accept the invitation and he can enjoy both countries, China and India. He can stay in Tibet summer time and winter time he can be in India.
    When it is to do with Tibet issue India can play very important roll, therefore Mr. Xi´s visit to India is the most important for both countries. Mr. XI is very intresting leader and he can change history of China if he really want. So let us see what these leaders can do for Tibet? Good luck to all leaders in the name of peace and stability in Asia.

  • September 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    Mr. Modi of India and Mr. Xi of China met and signed lots of bussiness agreement as usual. About Tibet, they also did as usual, Tibet is an inseparable part of China. One China and one India agreament . Really I am wonder as a common person is that if Tibet is inseparable part of China and if there is one China and one India why Mr. Xi and Mr. Modi spent thier volueable time and energy to such an agreement. I am really do not understand what they are saying and doing.

  • September 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm
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    Mr.Xi and Mr.Modi are politicians and they are both good at that, therefore we can take it easy, but Dharamsala must act with wisdom to present their ideas clearly for both parties. Dharamsala can not play games with two super powers if we want to turn to Tibet.

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