Baku, Azerbaijan, May 21
By Aygun Badalova -Trend:
Asia needs to build sustainable and durable security, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on May 21 at the the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Xinhuanet reported.
He also stressed the need to focus on both development and security.
"For a tree to grow tall, a strong and solid root is required; for a river to reach far, an unimpeded source is necessary," Xi said.
He also noted that development is the foundation of security and security constitutes the precondition for development. "The tree of peace does not grow on barren land while the fruit of development is not produced amidst flames of war", the Chinese president said.
Referring to a "new Asian security concept", Xi said that for most Asian countries, development means the greatest security and the master key to regional security issues.
"We need to advance the process of common development and regional integration, foster sound interactions and synchronized progress of regional economic cooperation and security cooperation, and promote sustainable security through sustainable development," the president added.
During his speech Chinese President also pledged "zero tolerance" for terrorism, separatism and extremism in carrying out security cooperation among Asian countries.
"Asia's security challenges are extremely complicated, which include both hotspot and sensitive issues and ethnic and religious problems. The challenges brought by terrorism, transnational crimes, environmental security, cyber security, energy and resource security and major natural disasters are clearly on the rise", Xi said.
The fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) began in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.