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Wang Yi: No Matter How Time Changes, Rules of International Relations Cannot Change

On July 7, 2016, after holding talks, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon jointly met the press at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

When asked about how to view current international disorder and resolve governance deficit, Wang Yi said that the international society is going through the greatest change since the founding of the UN. China believes the following three aspects are important when reversing this disorder into governance.

Firstly, we should cultivate the sense of common community. In the face of global threats and challenges, all countries should assume responsibility and share interest. Minding one's own business is not the way out and cooperation is the correct option. Major countries especially need to take on responsibility, assume their undertaking, present the political willingness of being committed to global cooperation and demonstrate the confidence and capability to jointly tackle challenges.

Secondly, we should set the goal of win-win cooperation. Exclusivism in economy and strengthening military alliance in security are not only outdated but also pernicious. All countries should join hands to conquer hardship together and strengthen collaboration in politics, economy, security, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other areas.

Thirdly, we should give full play to the role of the UN. Current chaotic world is not because the purpose and principles of the UN Charter have been outdated, but actually they were not effectively implemented. No matter how time changes, basic rules of international relations, including sovereignty and territory integrity, non-interference in domestic affairs and peaceful settlement of disputes, cannot change. Once changed, they will cause fundamental damage. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will unswervingly safeguard the purpose and principles of the UN Charter, persistently strengthen the authority and status of the UN and unremittingly support the UN to play a leading role in international affairs.

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