Chinese Defense Minister Calls for New Regional Security Framework at Shangri-La Dialogue

Chinese Defense Minister Calls for New Regional Security Framework at Shangri-La Dialogue

Singapore, The Gulf Observer: Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun emphasized the need for a new approach to regional security cooperation during his keynote speech at the 21st Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday.

Minister Dong highlighted the shifting global dynamics and the necessity of establishing a framework that allows for equal participation from all nations, avoids bloc confrontation, and promotes genuine, friendly exchanges characterized by openness, transparency, and equality.

To achieve this vision, China has proposed six key initiatives:

  1. Safeguarding the legitimate security interests of all countries: Ensuring that the security concerns of all nations are respected and addressed.
  2. Jointly creating a fair and reasonable international order: Advocating for an international system that is equitable and just for all parties involved.
  3. Leveraging regional security frameworks: Utilizing existing regional security structures to enhance cooperation and stability.
  4. Advancing open and pragmatic defense cooperation: Promoting practical and open defense collaborations among countries.
  5. Setting an example of maritime security cooperation: Leading efforts in ensuring secure and stable maritime environments through cooperative measures.
  6. Enhancing governance in emerging security domains: Improving oversight and regulation in new and evolving areas of security concern.

Minister Dong’s proposals aim to foster a cooperative and inclusive approach to regional security, reflecting China’s commitment to peace and stability in the region. The dialogue, attended by defense officials and experts from around the world, provided a platform for discussing these critical issues and exploring ways to enhance security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Chinese defense minister’s speech underscores China’s proactive stance in contributing to regional and global security discourse, advocating for a collective effort to address common security challenges.