Vis­its show faith in China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

Win­ter used to be a low sea­son for diplo­macy. Yet, Bei­jing has wit­nessed the ar­rival of one dis­tin­guished for­eign guest af­ter another since Novem­ber. While ex­tend­ing a warm wel­come to our guests, we should also re­main sober-minded, said an signed ar­ti­cle in Mon­day’s Peo­ple’s Daily Over­seas Edi­tion.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, US Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych and French Prime Min­is­ter Jean-Marc Ayrault vis­ited Bei­jing this month. A fort­night ear­lier, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and lead­ers of the Euro­pean Union held the 16th China-EU sum­mit in Bei­jing.

This is clear ev­i­dence that other coun­tries are ea­ger to deepen and ex­pand their co­op­er­a­tion with China. A glimpse of the con­sen­suses built and the co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments signed be­tween Chi­nese lead­ers and their for­eign coun­ter­parts shows th­ese coun­tries have dif­fer­ent de­mands and pur­sue dif­fer­ent agen­das in pro­mot­ing ties with Bei­jing.

For ex­am­ple, Bi­den’s visit may not have fo­cused on de­tails of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in a spe­cific area. But dur­ing his visit, the two sides is­sued a joint dec­la­ra­tion on strength­en­ing Sino-US eco­nomic ties, which pro­vides a road map for the next stage of bi­lat­eral trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, there is a foun­da­tion for China to build on its re­la­tions with th­ese coun­tries, but China also has dis­agree­ments in one way or another with them. There is a clear need for en­hanced di­a­logues and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so that dif­fer­ences and dis­putes do not dis­rupt the larger pic­ture of the var­i­ous ties.

Apart from want­ing to strengthen ties, the de­sire to learn more about the re­form plan agreed at the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, held last month, is also fu­el­ing the num­ber of vis­its by for­eign lead­ers. Un­doubt­edly, the new round of re­form ini­tia­tives ush­ered in by the plenum will bring changes to both the form and the con­tent of China’s in­ter­ac­tion with the out­side world.

Con­sid­er­ing that Western coun­tries’ poli­cies to­ward China are both com­pli­cated and a sup­port to their do­mes­tic pol­i­tics, China should be en­thu­si­as­tic and cool-headed about their ap­proaches.

What we have seen in the diplo­matic front so far this win­ter is proof that China’s de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit the whole world, and the world is con­fi­dent of China’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

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