Focus on new centers of power: First Munich Security Conference meeting in Beijing

From 20 to 21 November 2011, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will continue its new Munich Security Conference Core Group series and make its debut in Beijing to discuss China's, India's and other Asian nations' growing role in world politics, to mention but one topic.

The emerging Asian centers of political and economic power are causing considerable global shifts in power. To successfully cope with the challenges of the 21st century, Asia and the Euro-Atlantic community will need to cooperate closely and in a spirit of partnership. This has motivated the Munich Security Conference to choose Beijing for the 2011 edition of the Munich Security Conference Core Group series, after meeting in Washington D.C. in 2009 and Moscow in 2010. As became apparent when Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Munich in February 2010, China's interest in the Munich Security Conference has increased over the last years.

In cooperation with the Körber Foundation and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger will host a meeting in Beijing of about 30 Western foreign and security policy-makers and business leaders who will discuss global and regional security issues with highly qualified Chinese experts and government represantatives. This year's conference will be joined by former NATO Secretary General and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Javier Solana, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag Ruprecht Polenz, State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office Emily Haber, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defense Christian Schmidt, First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey Denisov, financier George Soros, Barclays Capital Vice Chairman Sir David Wright and Jay Ralph, CEO of Allianz Asset Management – to mention but a few.

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, states the following about the Munich Security Conference Core Group Meeting in Beijing:

"Due to its growing economic and military power, China has reached a level of global significance we have to increasingly take into account in our strategic considerations. The Munich Security Conference intends to enhance the dialog between the Western world and China in terms of current security challenges, to include issues ranging from cyber war and the financial crisis to the security of resources and the situation in the Middle East. The meeting in Beijing is meant to show that the relationship we intend to establish with China will be marked by cooperation instead of rivalry, so we can jointly come up with solutions for the security challenges of the 21st century."

About the Munich Security Conference Core Group meeting:

In 2009, this new and smaller-scale event was introduced in addition to the annual main, Munich-based meeting of the Munich Security Conference. The idea is to invite a number of distinguished and high-ranking participants to changing capitals and give them the opportunity to confidentially discuss current international security policy issues and develop sustainable solutions.

Munich, 9 November 2011

08 November 2011, by MSC