China must promote 'grand security concept'

By Wang Yiwei
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Thirdly, protecting security and maintaining it are separate issues. Network security issues need to be dealt with in order to prevent hijacking attacks, and maintaining the openness, safety and freedom of the Internet.

Fourthly, source of security threats and security management systems have become more diverse and complicated.

To meet the above challenges, China should propose a grand security concept based on the following concepts:

Firstly, pooled security. The EU is a successful model of pooled sovereignty; Asia should follow suit and put into practice pooled security. The collective security alliance of the Cold War should be updated. Secondly, sharing responsibility for security. In the South China Sea issue, it is irresponsible for some countries to stir up regional disputes based on freedom of navigation. Countries concerned should implement the Joint Statement on Law Enforcement Cooperation along the Mekong River which China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand adopted in Oct. 2011 in order to deal with the issue with shared responsibility.

Thirdly, jointly building a secure environment. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the 16th China-ASEAN leaders' meeting that China and ASEAN should work together to strengthen maritime cooperation, promote a strategic cooperative relationship, and build a 21st-century maritime Silk Road. Maritime security channels not only relate to the security interests of countries concerned, but also to the trading interests of other countries. China should establish a "maritime cooperation organization" along the lines of the SCO.

Last but not least, enjoying security together. If a country is to be secure, others must also be secure. A win-win situation should be maintained to make every country enjoys the benefits of security equally.

Security problems online, in space, in international waters and other areas pose new security challenges for the international community. To respond to them, China should promote the grand security concept and work towards international security.

The author is a professor at Diplomacy Department of School of International Studies, Renmin University of China.

The article was first published in Chinese and translated by Lin Liyao.

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