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Tibet-Canada-Forum-2015Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of the Tibetan people, attended the Halifax International Security Forum, held in Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada, from 20 – 22 November, 2015.

The annual conference usually covers a broad range of international conflicts. This year, with nearly 300 delegates from at least 60 countries discussing global security issues.

Top security officials from around the world, including military, government and business leaders, spent the weekend in the city attending the Forum.

At the forum, Sikyong participated in the panel discussion “From India to Japan: The Importance of Democratic Asia” along with experts on democracy and prominent leaders from Asia. Dr Daniel Twining, Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted the panel.

During the panel discussion, Sikyong laid stress on the universality of democracy and China being “the new frontier”. He emphasized on the need for like-mindedpolitical constructs in Asia to cooperate for a common objective of freedom and mutual respect.

President of the Halifax International Security Forum, Peter Van Praagh, was joined by Canadian Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit Sajjan, to officially close the 7th annual Forum on November 22 in Halifax.

“I thank Minister Harjit Sajjan and all of our panelists and participants for their important contributions to this year’s Forum. The Halifax International Security Forum is indispensable – especially in the face of the attack on Paris,” said Peter Van Praagh. “We offer an opportunity for defense leaders from around the world to come together in thoughtful and provocative discussions about our shared interests in promoting global security and democracy.”

Participants at the 2015 Halifax International Security Forum tackled a wide range of issues, from taking the fight to Daesh on the ground and on the web, to China’s growing military aggression, and the need for the world to accept its collective responsibility to welcome refugees fleeing conflict zones.

“This weekend we explored every problem set, we shared new and innovative ideas, and – most importantly – we established and renewed productive relationships,” said Minister Sajjan. “As a result, I think we are all better equipped to deal with the challenges of tomorrow.”

On November 20 to 22, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia, hosts the prestigious ‘Halifax International Security Forum’ (‘the Forum’), a gathering of thinkers, policy-makers and practitioners from like-minded nations around the world.

The Forum will bring together key players from the fields of security and defence to discuss issues and challenges that face nations from across the global landscape today. In its seventh year, the event has established itself as a major international security event on the world stage.

Halifax International Security Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation based in Washington, D.C. It brings together informed leaders and engaged decision-makers from governments, military, business, academia, and the media to consider international security threats and build democracy, creating opportunity and promoting peace.

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