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Chinese DM to attend Shangri-La Dialogue to boost regional security cooperation

06-03-2011 14:13 BJT

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie left Beijing for Singapore on Friday to attend an Asia-Pacific security dialogue.

According to the Defense Ministry, this is the first time for a Chinese defense minister to attend the Asian Security Summit, which is being organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. The summit is also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Liang, also a State Councilor, is heading a delegation which is comprised of senior officers, scholars and experts, including deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff Wei Fenghe, deputy director of the General Office of the Central Military Commission Song Dan and deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's foreign affairs office Guan Youfei.

Liang will deliver a speech during the Shangri-La Dialogue concerning China's efforts in the area of international security.

During his visit, Liang will also meet with his counterparts from the United States, Singapore and other countries on the sidelines of the meeting.

"The Chinese defense minister's attendance at the dialogue shows China's sincerity in promoting international security cooperation and increasing military transparency," said Major General Luo Yuan, a researcher with the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Military Science Academy.

Guan Youfei, deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's foreign affairs office, said at a press briefing on Wednesday that the visit demonstrates the importance China attaches to the preservation and improvement of security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Guan said the Chinese delegation is expected to elaborate on China's national defense policy,its proposition to enhance regional security cooperation and its unswerving determination to stick to the road of peaceful development in promoting international security cooperation.

During the meeting, the Chinese delegation will hold dialogues with defense leaders from other countries to enhance mutual trust, communication and coordination in order to foster a sound security environment in the Asia-Pacific region, he said.

They will brief attendees from other countries on China's practices regarding peacekeeping, disaster relief and anti-piracy operations in order to deepen international cooperation in unconventional security fields, Guan said.

Major General Luo Yuan told Xinhua that China goes beyond its own interests and actively carries out its international obligations under the framework of the United Nations in its efforts to build a harmonious security environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The security situation in the Asia-Pacific region is generally sound and stable, but there still are some unstable elements," Luo said.

"The Shangri-La Dialogue serves as a platform for China and other parties to learn about each other's policies and concerns," Luo said.

The dialogue is named after the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, where it has been held since 2002.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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