CICA summit: China calls for new Asian structure for security cooperation

SHANGHAI: The fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) began in Shanghai, during which the Chinese president Xi Jinping in his address called for the creation of a new Asian structure for security cooperation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.

“We need to innovate our security cooperation (and) establish new regional security cooperation architecture,” president Xi said.

The Chinese president said that we should have zero tolerance for terrorism, separatism and extremism and should strengthen international cooperation and step up the fight against the ‘three forces.

The CICA is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.

Its fourth summit is being held in the Chinese city of Shanghai from May 20 to 21, in which 11 foreign heads of states and governments as well as 10 leaders of international organizations are participating.