Global Security Initiative aims to build a peaceful, safe and secure home together

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Our world is going through a particular period of history. It faces the combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and major changes not seen in a century, and a heated struggle between multilateralism and unilateralism. The system of global governance is being readjusted in depth and international peace and security are facing unprecedented challenges. It is in this context that President Xi Jinping, concerned about the future of all humanity, proposed the Global Security Initiative (GSI) for the first time at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia. Initiative gives explicit answers to questions of our time such as what concept of security the world needs and how countries can achieve common security, providing important guiding principles for solving the security dilemmas facing humanity.

The GSI emphasizes that we, humanity, live in an indivisible security community. It is based on six fundamental principles: to remain committed to the vision of common, global, cooperative and sustainable security, and to work together to maintain peace and security in the world; remain committed to respect for 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 the peoples of different countries; remain determined to uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, reject the Cold War mentality, oppose unilateralism and say no to group politics and bloc confrontation; remain determined to take seriously the legitimate security concerns of all countries, to uphold the principle of indivisible security, to build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture and to oppose the pursuit of its own security to the detriment of the safety of others; remain committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes and differences between countries through dialogue and consultation, support all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of crises, reject double standards and oppose the gratuitous use of unilateral sanctions and long arm jurisdiction; remain committed to maintaining security in traditional and non-traditional areas, and work together on regional disputes and global challenges such as terrorism, climate change, cybersecurity and biosecurity. These six principles not only demonstrate the macro thinking of high-level design, but also contain a micro perspective of practical problem solving. They correspond to the common aspiration of the international community for peace, cooperation and development.

We in China still believe in practicing what he preaches. With this in mind, China is not only offering the GSI, but also taking serious steps towards its implementation. As a responsible major country, China has always held high the banner of peace, development and win-win cooperation, and upheld world peace and security. The path a country chooses is always inspired by its history and culture. In China, we cherish peace and stability more than anything else, as we ourselves have endured the ravages of wars and conflicts. We adhere to the independent foreign policy of peace, because we ourselves have suffered the misery of humiliation.

China has remained committed to peaceful development, injecting positive energy into world peace. Since ancient times, the Chinese have believed in philosophies of peace such as promote harmony among all nations. Bullying others has never been part of our cultural DNA. In fact, a commitment to peaceful development has been codified in our Constitution. China respects the right of other countries to choose their own development path. In the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic, China has never provoked a war or occupied an inch of foreign territory. However strong it may grow, China will never seek hegemony, expansion or a sphere of influence.

China has always been a responsible country ensuring the stability of the international order. As a founding member and the first country to put its signature on the Charter of the United Nations, China has firmly upheld the international system with the UN at its core and the international order based on international law, and upheld genuine multilateralism. China has actively tackled all forms of non-traditional security issues. By supplying more than 2.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the international community and announcing its peak carbon and carbon neutrality goals, China has played its part in bridging the ‘vaccination gap’ and combat climate change.

China promotes fairness and justice and proposes new ideas for global governance. Whether defending developing countries in international forums or taking a firm stand against unilateralism and bullying, China has stressed that all countries are equal, regardless of their size, strength and their wealth. China has opposed imposing its own will on others, interfering in other countries’ internal affairs, and the practice of the strong intimidating the weak. China believes that international relations should be more democratic, upholds a philosophy of global governance that emphasizes in-depth consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and promotes common values ​​of mankind. .

President Xi Jinping stressed that the world is not peaceful and peace must be safeguarded. Asia is the common home of China and the Philippines. The maintenance of peace is our greatest common interest and the dearest aspiration of the peoples of the two countries. Over the past decades, Asia has experienced overall stability and rapid and sustained growth, making possible the Asian miracle, an achievement that would not have been possible without the commitment of Asian countries to dialogue and communication. However, some major countries outside the region are going against the current trend, trying to drag the countries of the region into the geopolitical struggle. Asia now faces two opposing choices: should we build an open and inclusive family for win-win cooperation or opt for small blocs based on Cold War mentality and group confrontation?

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has profound implications. The facts and the choice we have to make are clear: conflict and confrontation will only lead to human suffering, humiliated countries and a bleak future. Therefore, China’s response is clear. Peace and stability in our region does not automatically fall to us or come as a charity from any country. Rather, it is the result of the joint efforts of the countries of the region. Asia should not be seen as an arena of great power rivalry. Asian countries should choose dialogue and cooperation over zero-sum games, openness and inclusion over a closed and exclusive approach, and exchange and mutual learning over a sense of superiority. and ensure that we always keep our future in our hands. We must firmly oppose the division of the region and the pursuit of a new cold war with the so-called Indo-Pacific strategy or the reconstitution of a NATO replica in the Asia-Pacific in the name of the military alliance. We must cement the centrality of ASEAN in the regional architecture, pursue the five principles of peaceful coexistence and the spirit of Bandung, and uphold a regional order that accommodates the aspirations and interests of all parties, all in an effort to find a uniquely Asian way to achieve security and make Asia an anchor for world peace, an engine for global growth and a new engine for international cooperation.

As a Filipino proverb says, “United we stand; divided, we fall. (Magsama-sama in malakas, magwatak-watak in babagsak)” The spirit of “Bayanihan” is a vivid illustration of the Asian culture of communication and cooperation. In the face of the challenges facing humanity, we must strengthen solidarity, not create estrangement, advance cooperation , do not cause conflict. With this in mind, President Xi Jinping put forward the Global Development Initiative (GDI) during the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly last year, and now the GSI, to chart the right course for the world from the two dimensions of development and security. China is ready to work with the international community, including the Philippines, to have an in-depth exchange of views on the GDI and the GSI, so that we can inspire each other and share global wisdom to let the two initiatives put down roots and build a prosperous, peaceful, safe and secure home together.


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