Security summit to help build mutual trust
Updated: 2014-05-20 07:37
Tu Guangshao, deputy mayor of Shanghai, attends the press briefing of the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, east China, May 19, 2014. The summit will be held in Shanghai from May 20 to 21. [Photo/Xinhua]
Observers said that China, after taking over the CICA presidency, will inject fresh vitality into the regional mechanism and help Asian countries solve some long-standing issues, including Afghanistan's stability and the Iranian nuclear program.
During an interview with Xinhua, Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his ardent expectations for the CICA and the upcoming summit.
"The title of the conference shows that we, in this part of the world, in particular, need a lot more interactions and coordination of policies and approaches to the common interest of this region," Karzai said.
"Therefore, to get together, of this nature and in a country as important as China for the world and for this region, is significant and of value," he added.
Analysts said the CICA mechanism has provided a platform for multilateral exchanges and communication, which is conducive to coordination and cooperation among various parties and will ensure Afghanistan's smooth transition.
China is a peace-loving, responsible power that has played a positive role in regional stability, said Hamidullah Farooqi, a professor at Kabul University.
"Afghanistan hopes China will boost exchanges and communication among Asian countries and let our neighbors hear the Afghan government and people's aspiration for peace and stability," Farooqi said.
As for Iran's nuclear program, Japanese news portal The Diplomat said that due to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's scheduled attendance, the Shanghai summit would provide an opportunity for parties concerned to discuss the issue.
As the only two Asian nations in the Iranian nuclear talks, communication between China and Iran will play a special role in seeking a final, comprehensive solution to the issue, the analysts said.
Seyed Mohammad Marandi, dean of the World Studies Faculty of Tehran University, said the upcoming CICA summit will build confidence on Iran's nuclear program among Asian countries and bring more hope in breaking the nuclear standoff.
"Iran's participation in the summit will show the world that the Islamic Republic is not isolated," Marandi said.
As a non-western platform, the CICA is a harbinger of the shift from a world order dominated by the West to a multipolar and more just one, he said.
"Non-western world is not the periphery; it is in fact the center, just as important as the western world if not more important because of its much larger population," he added.