Expert:Previous concepts of international relations by West no longer adapt to reality

Added On July 9, 2018

   BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- New concepts for understanding the world will be presented at a non-governmental forum here Saturday and Sunday to replace the previous ones by the West that no longer adapt to the current reality, the forum’s organizer has said.

   “The world structure is now shifting toward a bipolar system … Previous concepts by the West can no longer be applied to understanding international relations and major country politics as they are today, so the guests and experts 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 7th World Peace Forum.
   The institute has been hosting the forum, which brings together retired politicians and leading think-tankers around the world, every year since 2012.
   According to Yan, the theme for this year’s event is “Building a shared community of security: Equality, Fairness, 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,” he said.
   Main topics of discussion at the upcoming forum, the scholar said, are related to re-recognizing major country relations, the relationship between multilateralism and unilateralism, as well as the role of regional organizations in global security.
   “The world structure is now shifting toward a bipolar system, which raises the question as to whether our previous perceptions still fit the current situation in international relations,” Yan said.
   As regards the conventional security issues, the forum will focus on the persistent challenges to the international order, the wave of anti-establishment thought, major country relations, 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, the release added.
   Notable ex-politicians invited by 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 Van Rompuy, according to the press release.  Enditem