NEWSLETTER Issue II of 2017


Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin Attends Press Conference on China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation


On January 11, 2017, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin attended the press conference on China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation held by the State Council Information Office, during which he systematically introduced the background and main content of the white paper as well as answered questions from Chinese and foreign journalists.

Liu Zhenmin expressed that the Chinese government released the white paper, China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation at the beginning of 2017, which aims at enabling all sides to comprehensively understand China's policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation and demonstrating China's active willingness of further enhancing regional security cooperation and safeguarding regional stability and prosperity. Liu Zhenmin expounded China's policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation with 6 key words.

First is win-win cooperation. China put forward 6 proposals, namely promoting common development, promoting the building of partnerships, improving the existing regional multilateral mechanisms, promoting the rule-setting, intensifying military exchanges and cooperation and properly resolving differences and disputes. China is willing to, together with all countries, uphold the principle of win-win cooperation so as to jointly strive for long-term peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.

Second is openness and innovation. China believes that only by keeping up with the time can security concept and security architecture meet realistic demands. China put forward the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security and proposed to build a security framework which is oriented to the future, accords with regional realities and meets all parties' needs. China is willing to join efforts with all sides to walk a security path for Asia-Pacific featuring joint construction, sharing and win-win results.

Third is positive interaction. China works hard to boost positive interaction with the US, Russia, India, Japan and other major countries in the Asia-Pacific, making due contribution to the overall stability of major-country relations in the Asia-Pacific. In the meantime, sticking to the policy of building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries, China constantly deepens mutually beneficial cooperation with neighboring countries.

Fourth is dialogue and consultation. China holds that dialogue and cooperation are the "golden keys" to resolve regional hotspot issues. China advocates properly dealing with contradictions and disputes among countries through consultation and negotiation as well as jointly coping with transnational security challenges confronting all countries through strengthening dialogue and cooperation so as to jointly well maintain regional peace and stability.

Fifth is regional mechanism. China is an active advocator and promoter of regional multilateral mechanisms, and is committed to expanding the construction of regional mechanisms and improving regional cooperation framework, so as to promote "two wheel drive" of economic development cooperation and political security cooperation. China will, as always, support and promote regional cooperation mechanisms to achieve greater development.

Sixth is pragmatic cooperation. China actively participates and promotes exchanges and cooperation in dealing with non-traditional security challenges including disaster relief, anti-terrorism, combating transnational crime, cyber security, maritime safety, scientific research and environmental protection, and continuously provides public safety products, making important contributions to enhancing mutual understanding and trust among countries in the region as well as maintaining regional peace and stability.

Liu Zhenmin stressed that China always regards promoting prosperity, stability and security in the Asia-Pacific as its own duty, and is willing to make joint efforts with countries in the region to substantially push forward security dialogue and cooperation, deal with all kinds of traditional and non-traditional security challenges, and jointly safeguard the sound situation of peace and stability in the region so as to promote the construction of a Asia-Pacific of common prosperity.

This is the first time for the Chinese government to issue a white paper on policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation, which includes China's policies and positions on Asia-Pacific security cooperation, China's security vision for idea of Asia-Pacific region, China's relations with other major Asia-Pacific countries, China's positions and views on regional hotspot issues, China's participation in major multilateral mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region and China's participation in regional non-traditional security cooperation.



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