International experts attend security forum held by Tsinghua University

By Zhang Jiaqi
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Herman Van Rompuy, former president of the European Council, addresses the seventh World Peace Forum held in Beijing on July 14. [Photo by Zhang Jiaqi/]

An international security forum held by Tsinghua University gathered former politicians and leading think-tank researchers from across the world in Beijing on July 14.

Established in 2012, this year's theme of the annual forum is "Constructing a Security Community: Equality, Equity, and Justice."

With two plenary sessions and 26 panel sessions, the forum gathered participants to discuss conventional security issues worldwide and unconventional issues related to the economy.

"We meet at a time when many countries face difficulties with new order and each other," said Shaukat Aziz, former prime minister of Pakistan from 2004-2007, calling for countries to work together to promote security across the world.

The call echoed that of Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. According to Yang, security respects no borders, and is now more interconnected, urging countries to dedicate themselves to promoting universal security.

Yang proposed to promote security with equality, equity, justice, mutual trust, win-win cooperation, and sustainable development, and also called for participants to think outside the box, and find new ways to mutually enhance security as security issues move into new spheres.

Herman Van Rompuy, former president of the European Council from 2009 to 2014, emphasized that interdependency should be an objective, not only for economic growth, but more importantly, for peace. 

"No country will survive on their own," he said, adding that a secure global system required rules and the respect of the rules, he said.

Van Rompuy believed the upcoming summit would provide a very strong signal to rebalance the recent trade and investment differences, so that the countries can better defend the multilateral system at the global scale.

The forum organized by the university and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs will last for two days.

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