(16 Oct 2015) Military leaders and analysts from across the globe gathered in Beijing for the annual Xiangshan Forum to discuss Asia-Pacific security, maritime issues and counter-terrorism on Friday.
Retired Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo told participants at a dinner that there were both opportunities and challenges in the peace and development of the Asia-Pacific region.
He was followed by Cambodian President Hun Sen, who praised China’s regional leadership and said ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) was not suited to negotiate with Beijing on South China Sea issues, reflecting China’s preferred approach of negotiating with each disputant individually.
The defence ministers of 16 countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, attended this year’s forum.
The Xiangshan Forum was launched in 2006 by two top think tanks of the Chinese military – the China Association for Military Science and China Institute for International Strategic Studies.
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