CICA Forum pushes for security framework with Asian characteristics

BEIJING(PNA) � Delegates of 2nd Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Non-government Forum have pushed for the establishment of regional security framework with Asian characteristics to promote peace and stability in the region.

The speakers gave their insights in establishing regional security framework with Asian characteristics, Wei Wei, vice president of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, told the media after the forum held on June 28 and 29 at Beijing International Hotel here.

Wei said all the speakers during the plenary session and the roundtable discussions have agreed to use CICA Non-governmental Forum as platform for future regional development in Asia.

They agreed that CICA countries need to strengthen cooperation and exchanges in sustainable development, cyber security, counter-terrorism, climate change, financial security and implement and promote CICA cooperation to a higher level, he said.

CICA was established 25 years ago with an important role of maintaining and promoting security development in Asia. China now holds the CICA presidency.

During the 2014 Shanghai CICA Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the establishment of the CICA Non-government Forum to provide platform for think tanks, social groups, media and former government officials to participate in building a peaceful and prosperous Asian region.

In his congratulatory message read by CICA Non-government Forum chairman Chen Yaun, President Xi said the Forum is China's new contribution to the peace, security and stability in Asian region.

For his part, Chen said the Forum produces insights for regional governance and serves as unique mode of promoting trust and respect.

CICA countries must join hands in promoting peace and economic globalization, Chen said.

In one of the roundtable discussions, the role of the media in Asian security has been highlighted, asking them to focus more on stories that would promote peace and stability in the Asian region.

During the Forum, the delegates jointly pushed China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative as another platform to promote peace and security through economic integration.

Many member states of CICA are part of the Belt and Road Initiative which President Xi proposed in 2013 to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.

CICA has now 27 member states and 14 observers including the Philippines which was represented by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte in the 1st Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held last May 14-15 in Beijing.

Over 300 delegates, including 142 and seven former ambassadors, have attended the CICA Non-governmental Forum hosted by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, co-organized by the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and the China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by China Public Diplomacy Association.

Former Foreign Minister and now China Public Diplomacy Association president Li Zhaoxing said the CICA Forum is a platform for in-depth discussions and new contributions on how to strengthen regional security and stability.

Former Philippine House Speaker and now International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) standing committee chairman Jose de Venecia said durable peace is not impossible in Asian region and in the world.

Understanding among the great civilizations is the only basis for global peace that will endure, De Venecia said in his speech during opening ceremony.

We must strive to achieve the multicultural understanding which is the only basis for the long-term security of our Asian region and the global community, he added.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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