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Wang Yi Delivers Speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies of the US

On February 25, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech entitled “The Developing China and China’s Diplomacy” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the US when he was paying an official visit to the country.

Wang Yi said that China’s rapid development in the past decades has created a miracle for the world. It not only has made China the world’s second largest economy, but also has lifted more than 600 million Chinese people out of poverty, which can be seen as the best practice of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations (UN). Now China has pressed ahead with the structural reform with great resolution and is determined to pave a green, environment-friendly, circular, and sustainable path for the new development. There will be no hard landing for China’s economy. China will not close its door of openness and China’s reform will never come to a stop.

Wang Yi said that Chinese people are committed to realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. The aim of China’s diplomacy is to provide a better, more stable and friendly external environment for the accomplishment of this goal. Under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Comrade Xi Jinping as the General Secretary, and based on previous progress, China’s diplomacy will, in a more proactive way, continue to create new opportunities, safeguard its national and people’s interests, assume its due responsibilities for international affairs, and develop friendly cooperation with other nations in the world. For now and a period to come, China’s diplomacy will assume five important tasks.

First of all, China’s diplomacy should help more nations and more people understand the social system and the development path that China has chosen. We adhere to the leadership of the CPC and the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is chosen by history and the people. It is most suitable to China’s national conditions and has gained the widest support from the Chinese people. We believe that, with the deepening of international exchanges, China will gain more understanding and support from the international community.

China’s diplomacy should firmly safeguard the international order and system formed after the World War II. We will safeguard the UN-centered international system, the norms governing international relations with the UN Charter as the purpose, and a free and open world trade system, and improve the current international economic and financial governance system. The open Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) initiated by China is a supplement to the existing international financial system, rather than something started anew.

China’s diplomacy should serve China’s own development more actively and effectively. Currently one significant task is to vigorously promote the construction of the “Belt and Road” Initiative together with relevant countries, and to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results and promote common development through better connectivity, more cooperation in production capacity and closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

China’s diplomacy should more effectively safeguard China’s continuously expanding overseas interests. An increasing number of Chinese citizens and enterprises are going abroad. The Chinese government should speed up the construction of the capabilities and measures to protect their rights overseas in response to people’s expectations, so as to earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and enterprises overseas.

China’s diplomacy should more actively participate in the resolution of international and regional hot-spot issues. We are increasingly participating in the process of the solution of hot-spot issues such as Iranian nuclear issue, Syria, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. As for the widely focused Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, we hold firmly that the Korean Peninsula should not possess nuclear weapons and be nuclear-free, that there should not be wars or disorders on the Peninsula, and that denuclearization should be promoted through negotiations. We will also steadfastly safeguard China’s national security and legitimate interests.

Wang Yi said that the current situation in the South China Sea remains stable on the whole, and navigation safety and freedom in the area has never been affected. China holds that resolving differences through dialogue and negotiations is the most important factor in ensuring the stability of the South China Sea.

Wang Yi said that the above five missions lay out the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. We will continue to implement a series of new thoughts and new ideas put forward by President Xi Jinping, making efforts to explore and promote the path to a stronger China marked by peaceful development, explore and promote the new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as the core, explore and promote the expanding overseas interests in reasonable and lawful ways, and explore and promote the resolution of international and regional hot-spot issues in a constructive way.

As for the China-US relations, Wang Yi said that favorable relations between China, the largest developing country, and the US, the largest developed country, benefit not only the two countries but also the world. The common interests of China and the US far outweigh their differences. Both sides should resolve strategic doubts, strengthen strategic cooperation and establish strategic mutual trust through in-depth strategic communication. The so-called speculation that China will be the main rival of, or even replace the US, is a false proposition. For a long time in the future, China will continue to focus on its own development, with no intention to ever challenge any other countries. Actually, interests of China and the US are so closely related and interdependent that cooperation will bring win-win results, while conflicts will make both sides lose. Most importantly, China is China. Even if it achieves greater development in the future, it will not become another US. We will maintain a harmonious and inclusive attitude, enhance exchanges with other countries in the world, and play our role in a Chinese way and with an oriental mentality. In this historical process, the two countries need to join hands to build a new model of major-country relations with win-win cooperation as its feature.

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