The Chinese military is a steadfast force in safeguarding world peace, said Chinese Defense Minister at a global security forum in Moscow on Tuesday, noting that China is willing to further enhance mutual trust in military security strategies and engage in various practical cooperation with other militaries.
State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Li Shangfu delivered a speech at the Moscow International Security Conference on Tuesday, elaborating China's vision on the Global Security Initiative, according to a news release by China's Defense Ministry.
Li said that the Global Security Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping has been advocating a new concept of security that is common, inclusive, cooperative and sustainable.
The initiative has received positive responses from the international community since it prefers dialogue rather than confrontation, chooses partnership instead of alliance, and pursues win-win cooperation rather than zero-sum, he said.
The initiative embodies aspirations for world peace, the longing for harmonious coexistence and the pursuit of common development, the minister said, adding that China looks forward to working together with other countries to implement the initiative, injecting more stability and positive energy into the turbulent world.
Li also emphasized that China is willing to continuously strengthen mutual trust in military security strategies and concrete cooperation in various professional fields with other militaries in order to jointly build a platform for security cooperation and make greater contributions to maintaining global security.
The defense minister also reiterated China's position on Taiwan, pointing out that the issue is China's internal affairs and does not require any foreign interference.
The reunification of China is an unstoppable historical trend, and any attempt to play with fire in this regard or attempt to "contain China by using Taiwan" is bound to end in failure, he stressed.
On the sideline of the conference, Li held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, exchanging views on the relations between the two countries and militaries and military cooperation, according to the news release.
He also held bilateral meetings with defense and military leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and other countries.