9th World Peace Forum opens at Tsinghua

The 9th World Peace Forum (WPF) opened at Tsinghua University on July  3, with the theme “International Security Cooperation in the  Post-Pandemic Era—Upholding and Practicing Multilateralism.”

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the forum and delivered a keynote speech.

Fukuda  Yasuo, former Prime Minister of Japan, Goh Chok Tong, former Prime  Minister of Singapore, Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan,  Kevin Michael Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, Herman Van  Rompuy, former President of the European Council, Ban Ki-moon, former  Secretary-General of the UN, and Surakiart Sathirathai, former Deputy  Prime Minister of Thailand, attended the forum, which is China’s first  non-governmental high-level forum on international security jointly  initiated by Tsinghua University and the Chinese People’s Institute of  Foreign Affairs in 2012.

Upholding  and practicing true multilateralism is the only way to solve the  complex problems in today's world to achieve lasting peace and common  security, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in  his speech.

Recalling Chinese President  Xi Jinping's remarks at a gathering marking the centenary of the  Communist Party of China in Beijing on Thursday, Wang said that China  has always stayed committed to the path of peaceful development, opposed  hegemony and power politics, and will use its achievements in  development to provide the world with new opportunities.

Tsinghua  University President Qiu Yong, who is also Chairman of the forum,  delivered the welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony of the forum.

He  stated that since its founding, the forum is committed to cooperation,  openness, inclusiveness, and innovation to uphold international security  dialogue, to promote mutual understanding and innovative thinking, and  to contribute to the world’s peace and stability.

President Qiu  expressed his hope that all participants will speak their mind freely on  the theme of the forum and contribute their wisdom to international  security cooperation, multilateralism, and world peace in the  post-COVID-19 era.

Wang Chao, President of the Chinese People’s  Institute of Foreign Affairs, Chen Xu, Chairperson of Tsinghua  University Council, Li Huilai, Vice President of the Chinese People’s  Institute of Foreign Affairs, Fu Ying, former Vice Minister of Foreign  Affairs and the current President of the Institute of International  Relations at Tsinghua, and Yan Xuetong, Secretary-General of the World  Peace Forum, attended the Forum. Tsinghua University Vice President and  Provost Yang Bin moderated the forum’s opening ceremony.

The  opening ceremony was followed by a plenary session held under the theme  “Reassessing the International Order.” Fukuda Yasuo, former Prime  Minister of Japan, Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the UN, and  Kevin Michael Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, delivered their  remarks.

Former  Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo  said that China, the United  States and Japan must work together to address common challenges faced  by humanity. He also highlighted the importance of exchanges between  young people between China and Japan to better understand the importance  of the relationship between the two countries.

Stating  that the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are two most serious  challenges facing humanity, former Secretary-General of the UN Ban  Ki-moon called on all nations and stakeholders to redouble their efforts  in elevating cooperation and partnership in pursuit of vaccinating the  world, achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and taking  climate action.

Former  Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd shared his views on the  international order and U.S-China relations in his speech.

The  forum includes online meetings, hybrid meetings and offline meetings.  Four plenary sessions and 21 panel discussions will be held on three  types of security issues: global, regional and thematic. Topics such as  geopolitics in the digital age, Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation,  Sino-US relations in the new era, and artificial intelligence and its  influence on international security, will be covered.

Writer: Sangeet

Editors: Li Han, John Olbrich, Guo Lili

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