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Xi Details Peace of Westphalia-Style ‘Global Security Initiative’ for Boao Forum

April 21, 2022 (EIRNS)—In his keynote, “Rising to Challenges and Building a Bright Future Through Cooperation,” on April 21 at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, held in Boao, Hainan Province, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a Global Security Initiative. Although he did not directly name the Peace of Westphalia, given the largely Asian audience, the proposal nonetheless reflects the main concepts underlined in recent events by Schiller Institute founder and President Helga Zepp-LaRouche.

Xi said, “It has been proven time and again that the Cold War mentality would only wreck the global peace framework, that hegemonism and power politics would only endanger world peace, and that bloc confrontation would only exacerbate security challenges in the 21st century”. To promote security for all in the world, China would like to propose a Global Security Initiative as follows:

It is important that we stay committed to the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable world peace and security, stay committed to respecting 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 people in different countries; stay committed to abiding by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, reject the Cold War mentality, oppose unilateralism, and say no to group politics and bloc confrontation; stay committed to taking the legitimate security concerns of all countries seriously, uphold the principle of indivisible security, build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture, and oppose the pursuit of one’s own security at the cost of others’ security; stay committed to peacefully resolving differences and disputes between countries through dialogue and consultation, support all efforts conducive to the peaceful settlement of crises, reject double standards, and oppose the wanton use of unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction; stay committed to maintaining security in both traditional and non-traditional domains, and work together on regional disputes and global challenges such as terrorism, climate change, cybersecurity and biosecurity. 

Implicitly addressing the attempt by the Western countries, led by the U.S. to “decouple” Russia and China, Xi said,

“In this day and age, the international community has evolved so much that it has become a sophisticated and integrated apparatus. Acts to remove any single part will cause serious problems to its operation. When that happens, both the victims and the initiators of such acts will stand to lose. In today’s world, unilateralism and excessive pursuit of self-interest are doomed to fail; so are the practices of decoupling, supply disruption and maximum pressure; so are the attempts to forge ‘small circles’ or to stoke conflict and confrontation along ideological lines. Instead, we need to embrace a global governance philosophy that emphasizes extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits, promote the common values of humanity, and advocate exchanges and mutual learning between civilizations. We need to uphold true multilateralism, and firmly safeguard the international system with the UN at its core and the international order underpinned by international law. It is particularly important for major countries to lead by example in honoring equality, cooperation, good faith and the rule of law, and act in a way befitting their status.”

In his comments, Xi also stressed the need to continue efforts to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in particular with regard to the developing countries, and urged the world to move forward to address “uneven and inadequate development.” For that purpose, he urged implementation of the Global Development Initiative which he had proposed at the UN General Assembly Debate in September 2021.

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