Beijing (People's Daily) - China will never be afraid of a big stick policy, long arm jurisdiction and sanctions pressure, said Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during a security dialogue in Beijing.
The 9th Beijing Xiangshan Forum began on Monday at the Beijing International Convention Center, marking the highest-scale of its kind in history.
Wei, also China’s State Councilor, read the congratulatory message to the forum from Chinese President Xi Jinping at the opening ceremony.
The key to solving differences between countries is to strengthen strategic communication and properly control risks, Wei said.
“Big stick policy, long arm jurisdiction and sanctions cannot solve any problem,” Wei said. “The Chinese people will neither buy nor fear these policies.”
“Only by persisting in dialogue without confrontation, negotiation and solving problems on the basis of equality can we avoid suspicions and conflicts and move in the right direction,” Wei stressed.
Russia’s Defense Minister General Sergey Shoygu attended the forum for the first time and made remarks. General Mohanmed Zaki, Egypt’s Minister of Defense, also spoke at the ceremony.
Themed “Maintaining International Order and Promoting Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region”, the forum attracted more than 600 delegates from 76 official delegations this year, including 23 defense ministers and six chiefs of the general staff. A US delegation of 20 people also joined this year.