New concepts on int’l relations to be presented at security forum in Beijing

New concepts for understanding the world will be presented at an international security forum in Beijing later this week, as previous ones promoted by the West can no longer adapt to reality, the forum’s organizer said on Monday.

The participants “are expected to come up with some new concepts for understanding the world,” Yan Xuetong, dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, told a press briefing in the lead-up to the seventh World Peace Forum.

The forum has brought together veteran politicians and leading think-tankers from around the world every year since 2012.

According to Yan, the theme for this year’s event is “Constructing a Security Community: Equality, Equity, and Justice.”

He said participants will discuss ways to cope with not only conventional security threats, but also unconventional ones, especially those in the economic sphere.

“If all nations have a common need for economic security, then building a shared community of security should be taken into consideration,” Yan said.

Main topics of discussion at the upcoming forum, the scholar said, are related to re-evaluating major country relations, the relationship between multilateralism and unilateralism, as well as the role of regional organizations in global security.

Regarding conventional security issues, the forum will focus on persistent challenges to the international order, the wave of anti-establishment thought, relations between major countries, nuclear nonproliferation, and combating terrorism, according to a press release.

Trade disputes and economic security will be new hotspot topics in unconventional security issues, while artificial intelligence and its impact on international politics will also be included in the discussion.

Notable ex-politicians invited to the forum this year include former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, former president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, and former president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

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