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New Contributions and Accomplishments of China's Diplomacy in the New Era
2017/11/03

On October 24th, the Nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China (CPC) successfully concluded in Beijing, which solemnly declares that Socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era.

Historical changes that have taken place in China in the past five years also include the historical achievements made in the field of diplomacy. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, China’s diplomacy has always been forging ahead in an active effort. In the past five years, General Secretary of CPC Xi Jinping pioneered a series of new ideas, new initiatives and new strategies on how to well manage diplomatic work under the critical circumstances of international evolution, which makes China’s voice heard and puts forward Chinese proposals. China has already explored a path of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, showing a distinctive Chinese style, characteristics and manner.

Over the past five years, China has implemented the important concepts including developing state-to-state relations with communication, not confrontation and partnership. To this end, China has basically built a global partnership network from then on. China has also advanced the "Belt and Road" initiative and made this important initiative the largest international cooperation platform in the world and the most popular international public product. China has tackled various global challenges and become the most dynamic and active force in the process of global governance.

Over the past five years, China's international status and influence have made an enormous stride forward. More and more countries in the world have gained an understanding of China's socialism path with Chinese characteristics, more and more international friends agree with the CPC's ideas on state governance and administration, and more and more people with insight become optimistic about the development prospect of socialism in the 21st century.

In the new era, China moves closer to the center of the world stage, while China’s diplomacy will, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era created at the 19th CPC National Congress, continuously makes greater contributions to mankind with a broader vision of the world, a keener sense of international responsibility and more progressive diplomatic actions.

Firstly, China will continuously develop socialism with Chinese characteristics providing a new path for the modernization of developing countries and offering Chinese solutions to the problems facing mankind as well as Chinese wisdom in search of a better social system.

Secondly, China will continuously develop socialist democracy and promote the political development path with Chinese characteristics, making contributions with oriental wisdom to the progress of political civilization for mankind.

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

Fourthly, China will make 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.

Last but not least, China will promote 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.

In the new era, China will tightly connect the happiness of the Chinese people with that of the people across the world to forge new accomplishments, while putting forward a major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. It aims to build a new type of international relations and promote the building of a community with shared future for mankind, which is also the the general direction toward which China hopes to make joint efforts with other countries.

The essence of building a new type of international relations is to blaze a new trail for exchanges between countries. China will hold high the banner of peace, development and win-win cooperation, follow its foreign policy's purpose of upholding world peace and promoting common development, and steadfastly develop friendly cooperation with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in order to advance a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice and win-win cooperation.

To build a community with a shared future for mankind is to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world. As the banner that China’s diplomacy upholds in the new era, it answers the key question of where the human society is going, provides Chinese solutions to various global challenges facing the international community. China will continue to uphold the principle of global governance featuring extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, advocate the democracy in international relations, and insist that countries, big or small, rich or poor, should be all equal. China will continue to support the positive role of the United Nations and support the expansion of greater representation and say of developing countries.

To sum up, China will continue to play its part as a major and responsible country, take an active part in reforming and developing the global governance system, and keep contributing Chinese wisdom and strength to build a new type of international relations and promote the building of a community with shared future for mankind.

By Mr. Zou Xi

Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados

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