China a pos­i­tive force for world peace

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS -

As a coun­try pur­su­ing the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, China has been staunchly safe­guard­ing world peace and pro­mot­ing global de­vel­op­ment. Since the be­gin­ning of the new cen­tury, China has en­thu­si­as­ti­cally par­tic­i­pated in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, adding value to in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Fol­low­ing the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, China has con­trib­uted to world peace and de­vel­op­ment, and worked with the rest of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to deal with var­i­ous global and re­gional chal­lenges.

As a found­ing mem­ber of the United Na­tions and a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, China has al­ways sup­ported the UN to play a greater role in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Over the years, China has be­come a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to UN op­er­a­tions, un­der­tak­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of tasks that in­clude global peace­keep­ing, in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief and es­cort­ing ves­sels in the high seas.

China con­trib­utes more troops to UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions than any other per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. More than 30,000 Chi­nese peace­keep­ers have served over­seas since China started par­tic­i­pat­ing in peace­keep­ing mis­sions in 1990.

China’s share of UN peace­keep­ing costs in the 2016-18 pe­riod will be sec­ond only to that of the United States. It has also played an im­por­tant role in the Ira­nian nu­clear talks, South Su­dan’s do­mes­tic rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the Afghan peace process and made great ef­forts to find a po­lit­i­cal res­o­lu­tion to the Syr­ian cri­sis.

As many Chi­nese of­fi­cials have em­pha­sized, be­ing the largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try in the world has helped China de­cide that de­vel­op­ment is its pri­mary task of gov­er­nance. And the his­tory of the Chi­nese as a peace-lov­ing peo­ple, their painful suf­fer­ings over the decades lead­ing to the re­form and open­ing-up, their as­pi­ra­tion for de­vel­op­ment, and the cur­rent global trend of peace and de­vel­op­ment have all de­ter­mined that China will not seek de­vel­op­ment through the colo­nial and hege­monic path that the Western pow­ers did to ex­pand their em­pires.

As Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has said, China’s pur­suit of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment is not an act of ex­pe­di­ency, much less diplo­matic rhetoric, but a con­clu­sion drawn from the ob­jec­tive judg­ment of his­tory, the re­al­ity of the cur­rent world as well as the vi­sion for the fu­ture.

China ad­vo­cates the build­ing of a com­mu­nity of shared des­tiny and de­vel­op­ing a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions fea­tur­ing win-win co­op­er­a­tion. With the eco­nomic vi­sion to build a trade and in­fras­truc­ture net­work con­nect­ing Asia with Europe and Africa, it is pro­mot­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive on the prin­ci­ples of ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion, joint con­tri­bu­tion and shared ben­e­fits.

As such, a more pros­per­ous China will make even greater con­tri­bu­tions to world peace and de­vel­op­ment.

... a more pros­per­ous China will make even greater con­tri­bu­tions to world peace and de­vel­op­ment.

Xin­hua News Agency

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