A seven-member Pakistan’s military delegation headed by a senior military commander of General Headquarters (GHQ) attended the opening ceremony of the 9th China’s International Xiangshan Forum officially began at Beijing International Convention Centre here on Monday, according to the Associated Press of Pakistan.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Chin’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe briefed the participants about the defensive military strategy of China.
The size of the Chinese military was maintained at a moderate level, the number of armed forces personnel were reduced by 300,000. Currently, China has two million active servicemen and women, Defence Minister Wei Fenghe added.
Defence Minister also talked about the transparency of China’s military expenditure, adding that it has been kept under two percent of the country’s GDP in the past 30 years. That’s the lowest among permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Since its inception in 2006, the forum has been growing in terms of its size, level, influence and fame. It is now the largest and highest-level track 1.5 security dialogue hosted by China.
More than 60 countries and six international organizations attended the forum that will last three days.