Let’s work to­gether for the world’s sake

A new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions is needed to put aside old ri­val­ries and build a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for hu­man­ity

China Daily European Weekly - - Comment - Zhang Ming

To build a global com­mu­nity is not about de­vis­ing a set of uni­form val­ues to su­per­sede those that are dis­tinct to an eth­nic­ity or na­tion. Rather, it is about iden­ti­fy­ing the com­mon in­ter­ests of mankind while pre­serv­ing di­ver­sity and jointly ad­dress­ing chal­lenges that con­front us all.

Is China’s rise peace­ful? What does a ris­ing China mean to the global or­der? What could China and Europe do to­gether to pro­mote world peace and de­vel­op­ment? These ques­tions are of­ten asked by my Euro­pean col­leagues. The an­swer can be found in China’s com­mit­ment to fos­ter a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for hu­man­ity. To­gether, China and Europe have a ma­jor role to play in pro­mot­ing peace and de­vel­op­ment in the long term and keep­ing our civ­i­liza­tions alive.

The 19th Com­mu­nist Party of China Na­tional Con­gress made it clear that China will con­tinue its ef­forts to safe­guard world peace, con­trib­ute to global de­vel­op­ment and up­hold in­ter­na­tional or­der. The over­ar­ch­ing goal of China’s diplo­macy is to forge a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions fea­tur­ing mu­tual re­spect, fair­ness, jus­tice and win-win co­op­er­a­tion, and to build a global com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture. This vi­sion re­flects how China per­ceives global gov­er­nance and world or­der un­der chang­ing cir­cum­stances, and repre- sents a com­mit­ment that China has made in light of the fun­da­men­tal norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Turning vi­sion into re­al­ity calls for ef­forts on var­i­ous fronts. Po­lit­i­cally, it is im­per­a­tive to re­ject the cold war men­tal­ity and power pol­i­tics, act on a ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and equal­ity, and fol­low a new ap­proach to stateto-state re­la­tions, fea­tur­ing di­a­logue rather than con­fronta­tion and part­ner­ship in­stead of al­liance. On se­cu­rity, we need to set­tle dis­putes and dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion, counter tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional chal­lenges in an in­te­grated man­ner and fight ter­ror­ism in all its man­i­fes­ta­tions. Eco­nom­i­cally, we need to act to­gether to pro­mote trade and in­vest­ment lib­er­al­iza­tion and fa­cil­i­ta­tion, and make eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion more open, in­clu­sive, bal­anced and ben­e­fi­cial to all. Cul­tur­ally, we should re­spect the di­ver­sity of civ­i­liza­tions and re­place es­trange­ment with ex­change, clashes with mu­tual learn­ing, and su­pe­ri­or­ity with co­ex­is­tence. Eco­log­i­cally, we should be good friends to the en­vi­ron­ment, jointly tackle cli­mate change and pro­tect our planet for the sake of hu­man sur­vival.

A new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions is de­fined not by the dom­i­nance of one coun­try or a group of coun­tries. It should not be meant to over­turn the cur­rent sys­tem or start it all over again. Rather, we hope that all coun­tries can en­joy equal rights, equal op­por­tu­ni­ties and equal rules, and that the cur­rent sys­tem and or­der can be more eq­ui­table and rea­son­able.

To build a global com­mu­nity is not about de­vis­ing a set of uni­form val­ues to su­per­sede those that are dis­tinct to an eth­nic­ity or na­tion. Rather, it is about iden­ti­fy­ing the com­mon in­ter­ests of mankind while pre­serv­ing di­ver­sity and jointly ad­dress­ing chal­lenges that con­front us all.

The Schu­man Dec­la­ra­tion has a fa­mous line which goes, “World peace can­not be safe­guarded without the mak­ing of cre­ative ef­forts pro­por­tion­ate to the dan­gers which threaten it.” The EU’s his­tory demon­strates that coun­tries could well join hands for win­win out­comes by over­com­ing his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural and ge­o­graph­i­cal ob­sta­cles through cre­ative ef­forts. As two ma­jor forces for peace and de­vel­op­ment, China and Europe have a joint re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­mote glob­al­iza­tion and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, and make the world a place of greater open­ness, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity.

The au­thor is am­bas­sador ex­tra­or­di­nary and plenipo­ten­tiary and head of mis­sion of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to the Euro­pean Union.

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