BEIJING: Pakistan joined 59 countries at the seventh Xiangshan Forum held here to address the security challenges and develop a consensus mechanism for fighting international terrorism.
About 500 defense officials and scholars are participating in the three-day forum. This is a part of China’s pro-active role developing global security cooperation.
Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission addressed inaugural session of the forum, underling the need of adopting a joint action plan to eliminate terrorists’ network world over.
The discussion at the forum ranged from how to cope with new challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and maritime security to fighting international terrorism.
This year’s forum has seen increased participation from countries in Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. New events include one for young academics as well as video forums.
The forum was launched by a Chinese academic association in 2006 and has been held once every two years from 2006 to 2014. China has invited more foreign defense officials and scholars since 2015, upgrading it from a biennial event to an annual one.
A spokesman of Chinese Defence Ministry Senior Colonel Yang
Yujun said the Forum will be playing a bigger role as a platform for dialogue and exchange. During the forum, leaders of defense establishments and militaries from various countries will have intense bilateral and multilateral exchanges.