2014 proves success for China’s diplomacy

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-12-25 22:48:01

In 2014, the world experienced a new round of turbulence and instability following the international financial crisis. Conflicts in some regions kept flaring up, the road to global economic recovery remained treacherous, and the transformation of the international order gained momentum. The call for peace and development was stronger, so was the call for cooperation and change and for building a community of shared interests and destiny.

In 2014, the central leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Comrade Xi Jinping as the general secretary accelerated comprehensive reform and advanced the rule of law, and it led the 1.3 billion Chinese people in a relentless effort to realize the Chinese dream of great national renewal. On the external front, China remained committed to pursuing peaceful development and win-win cooperation and played a constructive role in upholding peace, stability and development in both our region and the world.

On the diplomatic front, we explored new theories and practices for conducting international relations, participated in global economic and financial governance, engaged in friendly exchanges with countries in all major regions, and worked for the peaceful resolution of hotspot issues in some regions. These efforts created an enabling environment for China's domestic development. Building on the good start last year, we have continued to achieve major progress in China's diplomacy this year.

At the recently concluded Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, Xi pointed out that we need to pursue win-win cooperation, promote a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation, and continue to follow the win-win strategy of opening-up and a win-win approach in all aspects of our external relations including political, economic, security and cultural fields.

This important exposition is a synthesis of the new diplomatic theories and practices we have developed in our relations with major countries, neighboring countries and developing countries. It has enriched China's long-established diplomatic principles of equality, mutual benefit, opening up and win-win cooperation, and added a new dimension to realism-based traditional theory of international relations.

This new type of international relations is underpinned by win-win cooperation. China is the first major country to make win-win cooperation the fundamental goal of international exchanges. This is in keeping with the fine traditions of Chinese culture, the abiding goal of China's diplomacy and the contemporary trend toward economic globalization and democracy in international relations. As a new approach to managing state-to-state relations in the contemporary world, it will exert a positive and profound impact on the evolution of international relations.

Building partnerships is a distinctive feature of China's diplomacy. After the end of the Cold War which was marked by the confrontation between alliance of nations, we drew on the experience and lessons of history in a timely way and succeeded in developing a new approach of forming partners instead of allies.

China has established 72 partnerships in different forms and at different levels with 67 countries and five regions or regional organizations, which cover all the major countries and regions in the world. Xi's call for building a global network of partnerships is an incisive summary and enrichment of China's successful diplomatic practices over the past two decades and more. It has increased the strategic and global dimension for our efforts to build partnerships.

Xi first called for pursuing the Asia-Pacific dream and elaborated on it during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. He stressed that this dream is about fostering a sense of the Asia-Pacific community and shared destiny, jointly working for the prosperity and progress of our region, and driving global development and making greater contribution to the well-being of humanity.

In the short span of two years since the 18th CPC National Congress, Xi and Premier Li Keqiang have made 17 foreign visits, covering over 50 countries across the five continents and meeting foreign heads of state and government close to 500 times. This has created a "Chinese whirlwind" globally.

Solid progress has been made in building a new model of major-country relationship with the US. President Barack Obama paid a successful visit to China. Following their Sunnylands meeting last year, the two presidents had in-depth evening discussions at Yingtai in Zhongnanhai Compound, Beijing. The visit deepened mutual understanding and led to major progress in a wide range of areas, including climate response, reciprocal visa arrangements and confidence-building measures between the two militaries.

The China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination has maintained a high standard of performance. Breakthroughs have been made in a number of major collaborative projects, thus tightening the bond of common interests between the two countries.

The major-country diplomacy with Chinese features is an unprecedented undertaking. It has become all the more valuable just because of its difficult and challenging nature. To persevere in the major-country diplomacy with Chinese features is what the central Party leadership with Xi as the general secretary has asked of us, and it is also the glorious mission history has bestowed on this generation of ours. I hope that all of us will pool our strength and wisdom together and make unremitting efforts to this end.

The article is an abstract of a speech by Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered at the Symposium on the International Development and China's Diplomacy in 2014 co-hosted by China Institutes of International Studies and China Foundation for International Studies. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

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