Chinese President Xi Jinpingaddresses the opening ceremony of the fifth foreign ministers’ meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday proposed to Asian nations that they all explore a new approach to regional security cooperation, one that reflects Asian needs.
Xi made the proposal when addressing the opening ceremony of the fifth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
The CICA was established in 1992 as a forum for dialogue and consultation on security issues in Asia. It has 26 member countries and 12 countries and international organizations as observers.
At the CICA Summit in Shanghai in 2014, Xi proposed a vision on common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security in Asia and the establishment of a new regional security cooperation framework based on the CICA.
Two years have passed, and the president called on those present to follow through and make the vision of a security governance model with Asian features a reality.
ROAD TO COMPREHENSIVE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE
Asian countries all value mutual respect, consensus-building and accommodation of each other’s comfort levels, said Xi, calling on Asian nations to uphold these approaches.
The president said that some parts of the continent are still