President Jinping proposes new global security initiative

President Jinping proposes new global security initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) has proposed a new global security approach that seeks to promote security and development all around the globe.

The president, who sounded critical of the cold war mentality during his keynote remarks at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference 2022 on Thursday, pointed out that it has been proven time and again that such a mentality would only wreck the global peace framework.

He added that ‘hegemonism and power politics as well as the bloc confrontation would only endanger world peace, and exacerbate security challenges in the 21st century.

Mr. Jinping stated that stability leads to prosperity while instability leads to poverty, emphasising the importance of security as a prerequisite for development at a time when humanity is at a crossroads.

“To promote security for all in the world, China would like to propose a Global Security Initiative as follows,” Mr. Jinping said.

“It is important that we stay committed to the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security, and work together to maintain world peace and security.”

He added: “Stay committed to respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, uphold non-interference in internal affairs, and respect the independent choices of development paths and social systems made by people in different countries.”

Other proposed security initiatives for the globe were the commitment by the world leaders to abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the commitment to taking the legitimate security concerns of all countries seriously, upholding the principle of indivisible security, building a balanced, effective, and sustainable security architecture, and opposing the pursuit of one’s own security at the cost of others’ security.

“Right now, the changes in the world of our time and history are unfolding in ways like never before. These changes are posing challenges that must be taken seriously by humanity, “he said.

“We have yet to walk from the shadow of a once-in-a-century pandemic, but new traditional security risks are already emerging,” said Mr. Jinping. 

He further emphasised the commitment of leaders to peacefully resolving disputes between countries through dialogue and consultation. He said this would support all efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of crises, rejecting double standards, and opposing the wanton use of unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction.

He again called for a commitment to maintaining security in both traditional and non-traditional domains and working together on regional disputes and global challenges such as terrorism, climate change, cybersecurity, and biosecurity.