China calls for security alliance with Iran, Russia
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the creation of a new Asian organization for security cooperation with the participation of Iran and Russia.
Xi voiced his call while addressing the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, China.
“We need to innovate our security cooperation (and) establish new regional security cooperation architecture,” Xi told the summit, which was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Chinese president said CICA should also create a security response center to deal with emergencies.
Xi said Asian nations should respond collectively to such significant problems as transnational crime, cyber security, energy security, terrorism and natural disasters.
“We should have zero tolerance for terrorism, separatism and extremism and should strengthen international cooperation and step up the fight against the 'three forces',” he said.
The Chinese president also issued a veiled warning to the United States against building up a military presence in Asia, saying, “To beef up military alliances targeted at a third party is not conducive to maintaining common security in the region.”
CICA is a multinational forum to enhance cooperation in a bid to promote peace, security and stability in Asia.
The forum groups 24 countries, among them Afghanistan, Azerbaijan Republic, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Nine countries and four international organizations, including the United Nations, have observer status.
The CICA summit is convened every four years in order to conduct consultations, review the progress of CICA, and set priorities for its activities.