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China hopes that the forthcoming CICA summit in Shanghai will mark a new milestone in the history of these meetings

China hopes that the upcoming summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia / CICA / in Shanghai will mark a new milestone in the history of the CICA, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said in a press briefing today, Xinhua News Agency reported

4-th CICA summit will be held in Shanghai from 20 on 21 May. It is expected that 11 heads of state, one head of government and 10 heads of international organizations will take part in its work.

China, as one of the founding members of the CICA and an active participant in the development of the CICA, properly manifested itself in strengthening cooperation, cohesion and trust among Asian countries, said Cheng Guoping.

China holds the 4 summit of the CICA and acts as the CICA's chairing country with 2014 for 2016, and this, according to the Chinese diplomat, perfectly demonstrates the great attention that China pays to CICA.

Cheng Guoping called the three goals of the Shanghai summit: to expand contacts and strengthen trust between the parties, to exchange views and develop common solutions, to discuss ways to overcome the current problems faced by Asia.

"At the summit, we hope to provide a platform for different countries to exchange views on security and cooperation in Asia," he said, adding that CICA member countries are expected to promulgate the Shanghai Declaration, a document that will express the common intentions of the parties and a firm desire of the parties to strengthen strategic interaction and create conditions for ensuring security in the region.

The CICA development plan for the next decade will also be set out in the Shanghai Declaration, the deputy minister said.

"As the host country of the current summit, China is ready, within the framework of the CICA, to direct the interested parties to the peaceful settlement of differences and contradictions through equal consultations," Cheng Guoping stressed.

"China is determined to make, together with other CICA members, a new contribution to ensuring peace and stability in Asia," he said.

Cheng Guoping added that the Shanghai summit will also be a favorable opportunity for the demonstration of Asia and the world of China's achievements in reform and opening up.

Recall that CICA was founded in 1992 as a platform for dialogue, consultation and confidence building. Now the forum brings together 24 member countries and 13 observer countries.
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