On April 20, 2022, the annual conference "Boao Forum for Asia 2022" began in the Chinese city of Bo'Ao, in the province of Hainan.
The Boao Forum was born in 2001 from the initiative of 25 Asian countries to offer a space for discussion between heads of government, businesses and the Asian academic world on issues of regional and international interest. The Boao Forum is modeled after the World Economic Forum held annually in Davos, Switzerland.
This year's theme was: "The world in Covid-19 and beyond: working together for global development and a shared future".
Chinese President Xi Jinping in his inaugural speech at the Boao Forum stressed the importance of a community of purpose among the participants in the ASEAN group for the economic growth of the region. With this in mind, President Xi proposed a new "Global Security Initiative" (Quanqiu anquan chang) based on the concept of "indivisible security"; that is the principle according to which no country should strengthen its own security to the detriment of that of other country.
Some Western analysts and media have interpreted this initiative as clearly referring to NATO's eastward expansion and the growing American presence in Taiwan.
The Global Security Initiative would therefore go alongside the Belt and Road Initiative and is also closely linked to the concept of Chinese national security, as confirmed in an article published in the People's Daily by Yuan Peng, head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations ( Cicir) and Secretary General of the Research Center on the Concept of Comprehensive National Security.