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.