President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian Province, on September 3, 2017 (CHINA PICTORIAL)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on September 3 that BRICS countries should uphold global peace and stability, stressing a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.
"We BRICS countries are committed to upholding global peace and contributing to the international security order," he said while delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum scheduled for September 3-4 in the southeastern coastal city of Xiamen.
This year, the BRICS countries have held the Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues and the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Relations. The countries have put in place the regular meeting mechanism for permanent representatives to the multilateral institutions, and convened the Foreign Policy Planning Dialogue, the Meeting of Counter-Terrorism Working Group, the Meeting of Cybersecurity Working Group, and the Consultation on Peacekeeping Operations.
These efforts aim to strengthen consultation and coordination on major international and regional issues and build synergy among BRICS countries, Xi said.
"We should uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and basic norms governing international relations, firmly support multilateralism, work for greater democracy in international relations, and oppose hegemonism and power politics," he said.
He also called on BRICS countries to take a constructive part in the process of resolving geopolitical hotspot issues and make due contributions.
"I am convinced that as long as we take a holistic approach to fighting terrorism in all its forms, and address both its symptoms and root causes, terrorists will have no place to hide," he said.
When dialogue, consultation and negotiation are conducted to create conditions for achieving political settlement of issues such as Syria, Libya and the Palestine-Israel conflict, the flame of war can be put out, and displaced refugees will eventually return to their homes, he said.
(Xinhua News Agency September 3, 2017)