The third World Peace Forum has kicked off at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. With the themes of peace, mutual trust, responsibility, this year’s forum will discuss security in the Asia-Pacific region.
Yang Jiechi, the state councilor says, “Peace and development have long been the common aspiration of people in Asia, and the world. The international situation is undergoing tremendous changes. The world is still far from being tranquil. Regional turbulences keep flaring up, and traditional and non-traditiaonl security issues are intertwined and affect each other. So a new way of thinking, and new measures are needed for regional security and cooperation. ”
As one of the most important bilateral ties in the region, Sino-US relations have been going through ups and downs for decades.
It has been just a year since presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama proclaimed a new type of major power relationship.
But such optimism has been overshadowed by a cascade of troubling events.
Last month, the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers for cybercrimes. And U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acted tough on China during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, saying China distrupted regional security in the South China Sea. In a strong response, China criticized his remarks as being hegemonic.
All this is happening while the U.S. promises enduring support for its Asian allies.
The soured mood has been treated as more than the usual ups and downs of big power relations.
So the question is not whether a new type of relationship is in the offing, but rather, if the bilateral ties have reached a tipping point.
CCTV’s Tang Bo reports.