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President Xi Jinping delivers the keynote speech via video link at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia 2022 Annual Conference on April 21, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The initiative unveiled by the president indicates that the concerns of all nations deserve attention

As the Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues and its fallout is felt, the Global Security Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping with a vision of maintaining “common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable” security has offered the China’s solution to the world’s security dilemmas, analysts say.

The key element of the initiative, which was unveiled by Xi when he delivered a video keynote speech Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia’s 2022 annual conference, is that the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously and the security of no country must be built at the expense of the security of others.

In an article published by People’s Daily on Sunday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrote that the initiative responds to the urgent request of the international community to maintain world peace and prevent conflicts and conflicts. wars, and that it brings Chinese wisdom to address the issue of humanity’s peace deficit and face the challenges of global security.

As the world today faces unprecedented risks of division, the initiative also responds to the common aspirations of countries around the world to uphold multilateralism and safeguard international solidarity, Wang wrote.

China’s security initiative stresses the need to remain committed to respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, reject the mentality of war cold, to oppose unilateralism and to say no to group politics and bloc confrontation.

It also calls for respect for the principle of indivisible security and for the construction of a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture.

Bobby Naderi, a London-based journalist and documentary filmmaker, said Xi’s proposal for the Global Security Initiative at the Boao Forum for Asia could offer portals to a different world in which not just one country or group of nations decides the security fate of others. , but rather the whole world has a say.

“Now is the time for cooperation and peace in global security. The global pandemic and the Ukrainian crisis are not a global war, but just like wars, they must lead to a fair and just new world order,” Naderi said. said in an opinion piece posted on the China Global Television Network website. “As President Xi argued, they should encourage countries to operate on the basis of values ​​and principles that work for people and the planet.”

In 2014, at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia in Shanghai, Xi proposed a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security strategy for Asia.

Over the next few years, Xi continuously developed the concept and championed it on various international occasions. According to the Chinese president, the world cannot just provide security for one or a few countries while leaving others insecure, and everyone has an equal right to participate in regional security affairs and a responsibility. equal to maintaining security.

Xi’s security vision also encourages countries to resolve disputes through peaceful means and oppose arbitrary use of military force or threats.

With such a vision, China has been striving to advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, in which countries work together towards a world of universal security and common prosperity.

Bradley Blankenship, a Prague-based political analyst and freelance journalist, said Xi’s proposed Global Security Initiative is fundamentally based on multilateralism and respect for basic international law, such as non-interference and conflict resolution through diplomacy. .

“This is clearly relevant to the conflict in Ukraine, which sees a bloc of countries trying to control the international reaction while implementing policies that are divisive, generally counterproductive and hamper global development,” Blankenship said.

The initiative comes at a time when the Ukraine crisis has captured global attention and the world is eager to find a way out. This explains why China remains determined to promote peace talks between Russia and Ukraine for a ceasefire after the outbreak of the military conflict between them on February 24.

During his numerous diplomatic engagements with the leaders of Russia, the United States, France, Germany and the European Union over the past few weeks, Xi has made clear China’s position on the Ukrainian crisis: it calls for respect for international law and universally recognized norms governing international relations. , acts in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and upholds the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

Some observers have attributed the Russian-Ukrainian conflict to Europe’s security imbalance, largely due to the cold war mentality of NATO led by the United States. Meanwhile, they said China’s advocacy for common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security contributes to regional and international peace and stability.

Hannan Hussain, international security commentator and former research assistant at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute in Pakistan, said that in the current context of tension between Ukraine and Russia, equal recognition of legitimate concerns of each party is essential to synthesizing the differences, whatever the vision of the absolute security risks complicating the prospects for a negotiated peace.

“Beijing continues to remind the world that productive talks and peacebuilding are the only way out of the current tensions. This understanding is essential to China’s contribution to the peaceful development of the situation in Ukraine,” Hussain said. .

Fostering peaceful engagement over Ukraine, rather than turning to ideological and military considerations, is what responsible diplomacy should be, he added.

China’s Foreign Ministry has criticized Washington for trying to escalate tensions between Russia and Ukraine since the conflict began, fanning the flames of discord and forcing other countries to take sides.

Bambang Suryono, chairman of Indonesian think tank Asia Innovation Study Center, told Xinhua News Agency that unlike some Western countries’ unbalanced pursuit of their own security, China’s Global Security Initiative is aimed at common security and is conducive to the construction of an international order based on mutual assistance. respect, equality and mutual trust.

Shakeel Ramay, director general of the Asian Eco-Civilization Research and Development Institute, said if the world wants to build a new, fairer and more equitable security framework, it should act on the Security Initiative. world.

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