MSC hosts second Core Group Meeting in Beijing [updated]

At the invitation of the Chinese government, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will host a Core Group Meeting in Beijing on 2 & 3 November. After 2011, this is the second MSC event in the Chinese capital. Topics of the Core Group Meeting, which is co-organized by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), include regional security in the South Pacific, China’s role in the global security order, and the geopolitical implications of the "New Silk Road".

For the second time, the MSC Core Group Meeting will take place in Beijing (Photo: Fotolia).

Under the chairmanship of Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, the event will bring together senior leaders from politics, business, academia, and civil society.


Among the meeting's confirmed participants are Araz Azimov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Security Advisor from the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, as well as Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.


The host country China will be represented by Zhang Yesui, Executive Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fu Ying, Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress, and others. The Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Senior Lieutenant General Chi Vinh Nguyen, as well as the Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, will also attend the meeting.


Business leaders such as Thomas Enders, CEO of the Airbus Group, and Stefan Oschmann, CEO of Merck, are also among the participants.

"Whether it is bloody conflicts or civil strife in the Middle East, the rise of transnational terrorism or intensifying risks in the area of cyber security – many of today's security challenges can only be met together with China. This is why we need to explore ways to enhance our cooperation," MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger said on the occasion of the Core Group Meeting in Beijing.

About the MSC

Since its foundation five decades ago, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for dialogue on foreign and security policy. In addition to its annual flagship conference in Munich, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events with a focus on particular security issues or regions and publishes the Munich Security Report, a concise summary of major challenges in the field of international security. 

About the MSC Core Group Meetings

Since 2009, the MSC has cooperated with local partners to host so-called Core Group Meetings in capitals around the world. Limited to a small group of no more than 60 senior participants, the MSC Core Group Meetings provide an exclusive setting to discuss current security challenges with regional decision-makers and experts. Meetings have already taken place in Washington, D.C. (2009 & 2013), Moscow (2010), Beijing (2011), Doha (2013), New Delhi (2014), Vienna (2015), Tehran (2015), and Addis Ababa (2016). The next Core Group Meeting is planned for Washington, D.C. (2017).

Over the coming weeks, we will provide more information about the Core Group Meeting on Twitter, Facebook, and here on our website.

01 November 2016, by MSC