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CICA's fifth ministerial meeting concludes


04-29-2016 05:08 BJT

Full coverage: 5th CICA Foreign Ministers' Meeting

The fifth ministerial meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia -- or CICA – has finished in Beijing.
In a speech on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out that Asia's main focus is to promote peace and stability, but some parts of the region are still in the midst of turmoil and the rising threat of terrorism. Xi urged Asian countries to strengthen their cooperation on security.

"We should uphold and implement the Asian security concept, collect consensus and facilitate dialogue, strengthen coordination, push forward the construction of a security government model with Asian features, jointly create Asia's future with peace and prosperity," Xi said.

Xi stressed China’s firm position regarding the unrest on the Korean peninsula, saying China would not allow turmoil or war to happen there. He also urged countries to establish a security architecture that fits Asia's characteristics, and resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation.

"The related parties need to stay calm and use peaceful action to avoid escalation. We should establish a governing mechanism to control risk, and enhance mutual trust to ease tension. By this way, we can resolve problems step by step,"  Xi said.

To help realize this vision, member countries reached a declaration. They propose building Asia's security, stability and sustainable development through dialogue and negotiation.

"All parties are committed to abiding by UN charters, the basic norms of international law, and CICA’s mission and principle. All parties will cooperate to realize sustainable security," Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi said.

China's chairmanship of CICA has been extended by two years until 2018. Wang Yi announced it will hold its fifth summit in 2018. CICA will also hold an unofficial foreign ministers meeting during the UN General Assembly next year, so member countries can build on their strong inter-relations.

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