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Saturday, October 17, 2015, 17:10

China reveals plans to boost world peace

By ZHANG YUNBI / Xinhua

China reveals plans to boost world peace
The 6th Xiangshan Forum is held in Beijing, Oct 17, 2015. (Photo/Xinhua)

BEIJING - Addressing the 6th Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong unveiled a set of China's latest pledges to boost peace and stability in war-torn areas and China's neighborhood, such as the Southeast Asia.

In a keynote speech at the annual high-level defense and security event gathering of senior officials and leading scholars from around the world on Saturday, Fan said the Chinese military will implement the commitment and initiatives put forth recently by President Xi Jinping "in a down-to-earth manner".

In September, Xi announced a range of Chinese initiatives to boost peace and security at a summit in New York marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

Elaborating on China's future plans, Fan said that China will "speed up the building of an 8,000-troop standby peacekeeping force, and provide training programs to 2,000 peacekeepers of relevant countries in the coming five years.”

In accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, China will continue to carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and offshore Somalia, he said.

In the Southeast Asia, China will "strengthen counter-piracy experience exchanges and cooperation with relevant countries in the sea areas of Southeast Asia and beyond".

"We will endeavor to improve the China-ASEAN defense and security exchange and cooperation mechanisms through consultation, explore the possibility of establishing direct telephone links, send liaison officers for security cooperation to the Chinese mission to ASEAN, and enhance multilateral defense consultation and coordination," he said.

China reveals plans to boost world peace
General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, speaks at the Xiangshan Forum, a gathering of the region's security officials, in Beijing , Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Fan confirmed that China "will make active preparations for the joint training by using CUES (Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea), joint maritime search and rescue and HADR excises with relevant countries".

As an important platform for security and defense dialogue in the Asia-Pacific, the Xiangshan Forum has been convened for five consecutive years.

Fan said the forum is "playing a significant role in exchanging views, enhancing understanding and expanding consensus".

China will carry further the positive outcomes and consensus achieved at the Xiangshan Forum, and put them into decision-making process and practice, so as to work with all countries to maintain regional security and stability and world peace, he added.

SEEKING TO AVOID CONFLICT

At the forum, Fan also said China always insists on resolving disputes through friendly negotiations with parties directly involved and will try its best to avoid unexpected conflicts.

China has always advocated handling disputes through peaceful means and will not use force recklessly, even when it comes to issues related to territory and sovereignty, said Fan.

Fan said China has settled land and border issues with a majority of neighboring countries through consultation. "China will never seek hegemony, expansion, or dominance in any region."

Peace, development and cooperation are still the main trends, and negotiation and dialogue are the consensus in the Asia-Pacific region, though land and sea disputes exist between some countries, the general said, adding the disputes should not become obstacles to regional exchange and cooperation.

"We need to effectively manage differences, earnestly implement the consensus on crisis management, make utmost efforts to avoid escalation of disputes, and create conditions for proper settlement of problems," Fan said.

Fan also reiterated that the construction on the Nansha Islands serves mostly civilian purposes, which not only improves marine navigation but provides public services.

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