13th Shangri-La Dialogue kicks off, China's veteran female diplomat voices out
                 English.news.cn | 2014-05-30 22:58:34 | Editor: Mu Xuequan

SINGAPORE, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The 13th Shangri-La Dialogue, a multilateral forum mainly focusing on security issues in Asia, kicked off on Friday.

Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), leads the Chinese delegation to the dialogue this year.

He is scheduled to deliver a speech on Sunday, elaborating the Asia security outlook proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

Wang separately held bilateral meetings with Anatoly Antonov, Russia's Deputy Minister of Defence and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh on the sidelines of the dialogue.

They exchanged views on bilateral military ties and issues of common concerns in the region and the world.

The Chinese delegation will also use the platform to expound China's point of view on security during the dialogue and discuss with other parties on ways to jointly safeguard regional peace, security and stability.

China's veteran female diplomat Fu Ying also attended the meeting. She joined a debate organized by Phoenix Satellite Television with experts from Singapore, the U.S. and India, just a head of the opening of the dialogue.

She is currently the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress.

She urged during the debate that all countries in the Asia- Pacific region should work together to find a way to reduce differences and build trust.

The Shangri-La Dialogue was organized by the London-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, has been one of the key events for defense professionals in the region to exchange views on security issues.

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