As the U.S. pursues its war-mongering gunboat diplomacy in the South China Sea, Chinese President Xi Jinping is attempting to create a peace order in Asia. Speaking to the Foreign Ministers Beijing meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building in Asia (CICA) on April 28, President Xi called on those present to follow through and make the vision of a security governance model with Asian features a reality.
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. President Xi had first made the proposal for a new regional security cooperation framework based on the CICA at the 2014 CICA Leaders Summit.
He told the foreign ministers,“A stable and developing Asia is a blessing, while a turbulent and declining Asia would bring nothing but trouble to the world. Asia’s security architecture should fit regional conditions,” he said, noting that CICA would be the ideal framework for developing such an architecture. Xi reiterated that China is firmly committed to pursuing the peaceful development path, maintaining international order with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at its core, fostering a new type of international relations of win-win cooperation, and building a community of shared future for all.
Xi’s proposal received much praise and support from the delegates. He encouraged the Asian nations to scale up exchanges and communication to create a fertile environment to establish regional security governance. China will chair CICA for the next two years and “will work with other parties to raise CICA’s profile in regional security and development affairs,” Xi said.