China Moves to­wards Cen­ter Stage of the World

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Text by Chen Xu­long

Since the 18th Na­tional Con­gress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC), China has main­tained a more ac­tive at­ti­tude to­wards the pro­mo­tion of diplo­matic con­cepts and prac­tices with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. Dur­ing in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ac­tions, China up­holds eq­uity and jus­tice, pro­vides qual­ity pub­lic goods glob­ally, shoul­ders re­spon­si­bil­ity and makes great con­tri­bu­tions.

To ad­dress ma­jor chal­lenges and prob­lems fac­ing global gov­er­nance, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pro­posed a series eries of new con­cepts, in­clud­ing ideas on global gov­er­nance, se­cu­rity, ecu­rity, de­vel­op­ment, moral­ity and prof­its, and glob­al­iza­tion, with the aim of build­ing a more ra­tio­nal, bal­anced, and fairer global lobal gov­er­nance sys­tem that ben­e­fits all. China up­holds the con­cept of

mu­tual ben­e­fits and win-win co­op­er­a­tion, and pro­motes the longterm goal of cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for mankind through prac­ti­cal ac­tions.

Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and Greater Re­spon­si­bil­ity

Ma­jor-coun­try di­plo­macy with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has pro­moted global con­nec­tiv­ity. In the 21st Cen­tury, con­nec­tiv­ity within Asia and the world is multi-di­men­sional and multi-tiered, fea­tur­ing trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture con­nec­tiv­ity, co­or­di­na­tion on reg­u­la­tions, poli­cies and stan­dards, and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change, and aim­ing at the pro­mo­tion of friend­ship, mu­tual trust, and cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The con­nec­tiv­ity pro­posed by China pro­motes pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion, fa­cil­ity con­nec­tiv­ity, unim­peded trade, fi­nan­cial in­te­gra­tion and peo­ple-to-peo­ple bonds.

Over the four years since it was launched, China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has evolved from a pro­posal into con­crete ac­tion, from an idea into fruit­ful re­sults. It has be­come an open and in­clu­sive plat­form for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and a widely wel­comed global pub­lic good for the global com­mu­nity. More than 100 coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port and ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road. The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive has been in­cor­po­rated into im­por­tant res­o­lu­tions adopted by the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the United Na­tions ( UN), the UN Se­cu­rity Council, and the UN Hu­man Rights Council. Con­struc­tion of the Belt and Road has al­ready been cred­ited for pre­lim­i­nary achieve­ments, with a hand­ful of land­mark projects al­ready pay­ing off. China has aligned its de­vel­op­ment strat­egy with that of many other coun­tries, and in­fra­struc­ture con­nec­tiv­ity has been re­mark­ably im­proved. In May 2017, China suc­cess­fully hosted the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion which pro­duced fruit­ful re­sults and greater mo­men­tum for joint pur­suits un­der the Ini­tia­tive.

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind China’s pro­posal of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive is the de­sire to re­al­ize com­mon de­vel­op­ment and prosperity of the coun­tries along the Belt and Road. Based on the com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for mankind, the Ini­tia­tive em­pha­sizes equal and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial prac­tices fea­tur­ing ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion, joint con­tri­bu­tion and shared ben­e­fits. The Ini­tia­tive has gen­er­ated new vi­tal­ity and vigor in Eura­sia.

Big Role in Safe­guard­ing World Peace

China has made many im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to world peace. China is firmly com­mit­ted to stand­ing for peace, mak­ing peace and

keep­ing the peace in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. It has con­trib­uted vi­sion and wis­dom to ad­dress in­ter­na­tional flash­points in­clud­ing the Afghanistan is­sue, Syria is­sue, Iran nu­clear is­sue, de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, Is­raeli-pales­tinian con­flict and South Su­dan con­flict.

Dur­ing the 2014 Ebola out­break which snow­balled into an in­ter­na­tional pub­lic health emergency, China quickly of­fered a help­ing hand to Africa. It not only de­liv­ered rounds of re­lief goods and funds to Ebola-stricken coun­tries, but also sent more than 1,000 med­i­cal work­ers and in­fec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ists to the front lines and es­tab­lished treat­ment cen­ters in af­fected ar­eas. These ef­forts won wide in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

China has re­mained com­mit­ted to peace­fully solv­ing dis­putes con­cern­ing sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and mar­itime rights and in­ter­ests with its neigh­bors through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion. While firmly safe­guard­ing its sovereignty and le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests, China has ac­tively ad­vo­cated a “dual track” ap­proach in ad­dress­ing the South China Sea is­sue. Namely, the rel­e­vant dis­putes should be re­solved peace­fully through friendly

ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween di­rectly in­volved coun­tries, and peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea should be jointly main­tained by China and ASEAN coun­tries. This ap­proach has won un­der­stand­ing and sup­port from most coun­tries in this re­gion.

Of the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Council, China dis­patches the most peace­keep­ing forces. So far, more than 20,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel, po­lice and civil af­fairs of­fi­cials from China have served in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pro­posed the es­tab­lish­ment of a US$1 bil­lion China-un Peace and De­vel­op­ment Fund to sup­port mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and boost world peace. Fur­ther­more, the coun­try joined the UN peace­keep­ing standby mech­a­nism and or­ga­nized a peace­keep­ing po­lice unit and an 8,000-strong standby force for peace­keep­ing.

Big Con­tri­bu­tions to Global De­vel­op­ment

China ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in the global de­vel­op­ment agenda and has made many im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions. In 2015, when at­tend­ing sum­mits mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the UN, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping an­nounced a series of Chi­nese mea­sures to ef­fi­ciently im­ple­ment the Post-2015 De­vel­op­ment Agenda. These ef­forts in­clude es­tab­lish­ing an As­sis­tance Fund for South-south Co­op­er­a­tion, con­tin­u­ing to in­crease in­vest­ment in least de­vel­oped coun­tries, set­ting up in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment cen­ters and ex­empt­ing out­stand­ing debt due by the end of 2015 from in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal in­ter­est-free loans granted to least de­vel­oped coun­tries, land­locked de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and small is­land de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. At the High-level Round­table on South-south Co­op­er­a­tion co-hosted by China and the UN in 2015, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping an­nounced that in the com­ing five years, China would pro­vide sup­port for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in fields in­clud­ing poverty re­duc­tion, agri­cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion, trade, eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion, cli­mate change, med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

China has played an im­por­tant lead­er­ship role in en­hanc­ing global co­op­er­a­tion on cli­mate change. Af­ter reach­ing the ground-break­ing Joint An­nounce­ment on Cli­mate Change with the United States in 2014, China submitted its In­tended Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions to the Sec­re­tariat of the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ( UNFCCC) on time. China also an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of a 20-bil­lion-yuan South- South Cli­mate Co­op­er­a­tion Fund. At the 2015 Paris cli­mate change con­fer­ence, Pres­i­dent Xi out­lined China’s po­si­tion on cli­mate change and global cli­mate gov­er­nance. Along with other lead­ers, he made im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the for­mu­la­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive, bal­anced, am­bi­tious and bind­ing post-2020 agree­ment on cli­mate change. In 2016, with Pres­i­dent Xi dis­patch­ing his spe­cial en­voy to a high-level sign­ing cer­e­mony for the Paris Agree­ment, China played a trail­blaz­ing role from Beijing to Paris and then to the UN Head­quar­ters in New York.

Jan­uary 17, 2017: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping ng at­tends the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2017 an­nual meet­ing of the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum at Davos avos and de­liv­ers a key­note speech ti­tled Jointly Shoul­der Re­spon­si­bil­ity of Our Times, Pro­mote Global Growth. by Lan Hong­guang/xin­hua

Oc­to­ber 27, 2016: A Chi­nese agri­cul­tural spe­cial­ist (right) in­structs kyr­gyzs­tani farm­ers in a lo­cal veg­etable green­house. by Luo Man/xin­hua

De­cem­ber 10, 2014: Chi­nese med­i­cal work­ers pro­vide in­fu­sion train­ing to lo­cal doc­tors in Free­town, Sierra Leone dur­ing the Ebola out­break. by Dai Xin/xin­hua

Au­gust 11, 2014: Re­lief sup­plies from China to Ebola-in­flicted ar­eas are un­loaded at Con­akry Air­port in Guinea. VCG

July 25, 2016: Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi (sixth left) and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives en­ta­tives at­tend­ing the CHINA-ASEAN (10+1) For­eign Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing held in Vi­en­tiane,ane, Laos, pose for a pic­ture. Af­ter the meet­ing, the Joint State­ment of the For­eign Min­is­ter­snis­ters of ASEAN Mem­ber States and­china on­the­full an­d­ef­fec­tive Im­ple­men­ta­tion ofthedec­la­ra­tion on the Con­duct of Par­ties in the South China Sea was is­sued. by Liu Yun/xin­hua ua

Jan­uary 5, 2017: A lo­cal charges a new en­ergy au­to­mo­bile inn Shang­hai. Sta­tis­tics show that China has al­ready be­come the world’s largestrgest pro­ducer and con­sumer of re­new­able en­ergy sources. by Ding Ting/xin­hua nhua

April 6, 2015: 225 mem­bers of Chi­nese peace­keep­ing forces are be­stowed the UN Peace Medal of Honor in Su­dan. by Yue Lixin/xin­hua

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