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Wang Yi Talks about New Contributions and Accomplishments of China's Diplomacy in the New Era

2017/10/19

On October 19, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered a question from a journalist at Bloomberg News about the new development of China’s diplomacy in the new era at an open discussion of the delegation of central state organs and departments to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Wang Yi expressed that General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed that the new era is the one that China moves closer to the center of the world stage and continuously makes greater contributions to mankind. China’s diplomacy will, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, answer the call of the new era General Secretary Xi Jinping has proposed with a broader vision of the world, a keener sense of international responsibility and more progressive diplomatic actions. It is a matter of making new contributions as well as making new accomplishments.

As for the new contributions, I think there are 5 points as follows:

First, the continuous development of socialism with Chinese characteristics will provide a new path for the modernization of developing countries, and offer Chinese solutions to the problems facing mankind as well as Chinese wisdom in search of a better social system.

Second, the development of socialist democracy and promotion of the political development path with Chinese characteristics will make contributions with oriental wisdom to the progress of political civilization for mankind.

Third, China advances the “Belt and Road” initiative in an all-round way and establishes a new platform for international cooperation to realize common development and prosperity with various countries.

Fourth, China makes new ground in pursuing opening up on all fronts and opens its door wider, which will provide the international community with new important opportunities to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with China.

Fifth, China promotes an economic system that facilitates green, low-carbon and circular development for the sake of harmonious coexistence between man and nature,which will play a guiding role for the construction of global eco-civilization.

Wang Yi noted that in terms of the new accomplishments, General Secretary Xi Jinping made 8 clarifications in the core connotation of the thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, during which he said that the thought makes clear that major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics aims to foster a new type of international relations and build a community with a shared future for mankind. I think this sets the general goal for China’s diplomacy.

The essence of building a new type of international relations is to blaze a new trail for exchanges between countries. General Secretary Xi Jinping defines the new type of international relations as mutual respect, fairness and justice and win-win cooperation, which embodies the fine tradition of China's diplomacy, meets the expectations of most countries and conforms to the trend of the times. There are many ways to achieve the new type of international relations, such as building an international partnership network with dialogue not confrontation and partnership, not alliance, building a framework for major country relations featuring overall stability and balanced development, deepening good-neighborly friendship with neighboring countries in accordance with the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness and strengthening solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries guided by the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests and the principle of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith.

Wang Yi emphasized that the establishment of the new type of international relations will blaze a new path and create conditions for building a community with a shared future for mankind. A community with a shared future for mankind, the banner that China’s diplomacy upholds in the new era, will answer the key question of where the human society is going and provide Chinese solutions to various global challenges facing the international community. The realization of an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity is the well-being of the world and mankind, and should be regarded as the general direction toward which China hopes to make joint efforts with other countries.

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