International security: the 7th World Peace Forum at Tsinghua

To discuss the issue of international security, on multiple levels, this past weekend gathered together 43 ambassadors to China, diplomat staff from over 60 foreign countries, and veteran statesmen and leading scholars including:

?Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy

Former President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Seyed Ali Naghi Kharrazi

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz

Tsinghua held the 7th World Peace Forum, July 14th and 15th, to bring together these great minds with  one common goal, and the theme of the Forum: “Constructing a Security Community: Equality, Equity, and Justice.”

“ It will take the concerted efforts of all countries to make the bright prospects a reality.
Let me say that we will work with all other countries, for a world of lasting peace and universal security, for a community with a shared future for mankind, and for greater progress in the lofty cause of world peace.”
—— H.E. Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs

“ The World Peace Forum is an Asia-based global forum on international security.
It has always adhered to the principles of innovation, openness, inclusiveness, and is forward-looking, and it provides a good platform for participating guests to communicate and interact, and strive to add momentum to the sound development of international security cooperation in theory and practice.”
—— Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong

Prof. Yan Xuetong, Director of The Institute of International Studies, Tsinghua University, is the Secretary General of the World Peace Forum and moderated the Opening Ceremony of the 7th World Peace Forum.

This year, in addition to two discussion plenaries and two lunch meetings, the Forum also held over 20 panels, which covering a wide range of topics, such as anti-terrorism and anti-nuclear proliferation, security issues, trade conflicts and economic security, as well as AI technology and its impact on international relation.

“ We meet at a time when many countries face difficulties with new order and each other.”
—— Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

“ No country will survive on their own.
A secure global system required rules and the respect of the rules.”
—— Herman Van Rompuy, Former President of the European Council

ASEAN and the Construction of Asia-Pacific Security Architecture

?Joint Panel: Sino-ROK Relations and Northeast Asian Security Cooperation

European Union: Internal and External Security Challenges and Collective Coping Strategy

Security Community: Theory and Practice

Artificial Intelligence and Security

Sino-Japanese Relations and East Asian Regional Security

South Asian Security: Trends and Cooperation

Middle Power and Global Security Order

Roundtable: Sino-US Strategic Security Forum

Joint Panel: Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Joint Panel: Path to Middle East Peace

World Security & Possible Common Rules

Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects

Russia’s Relationship with the West: Problems and Prospects

Nuclear Disarmament and Global Strategic Stability

Global Security Governance: Path Choices and Innovations

Global Trade Order and Traditional Security

Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence

Coordination between Major Powers and International Order

The “Belt and Road” Initiative: Security Challenges and International Cooperation

The International Counterterrorism in “Post-ISIS” Era

Sino-US Trade Relations’ Impacts on Trade Order

International Norms and World Order

The Concept of “Indo-Pacific” Region and the “Belt and Road” Initiative

International Marine Security Cooperation

Security Cooperation in Africa

Organized by Tsinghua University, and co-organized by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, the World Peace Forum is China’s first non-governmental, high-level forum on international security, since it was initiated in 2012.

With such multifaceted and complex topics, the Forum brings together bright minds to discuss current and potential issues, to find solutions and challenge standards.