Of Chi­nese for­eign pol­icy in Xi’s Era

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note - Wang Li, Suo ya-hui

com­mu­nity”, their de­vel­op­ment goals and means, and new tenets of its for­eign pol­icy for the up­com­ing decades. As China is driven by the mil­len­nium glory and the cen­te­nary shame from the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, its peo­ple have strug­gled con­sis­tently and per­sis­tently for re­al­iz­ing the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese nation. Due to this, Xi openly ad­mit­ted that now China has en­tered the cru­cial phase of its rise to a global power since Deng ini­ti­ated the re­form and open­ness-up in the late 1970s. He vows to con­tinue up­hold­ing the fun­da­men­tal goal of pre­serv­ing world peace and pro­mot­ing com­mon de­vel­op­ment with all coun­tries. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, party’s abid­ing mission to make greater con­tri­bu­tions for build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind in the True, to the peo­ple who hold the doc­trine of re­al­ism and power politics, it is of “the Thucy­dides trap” sim­ply be­cause China, like any ris­ing power in his­tory, would ex­plic­itly chal­lenge the rul­ing power’s in­ter­est, value and pres­tige. Ac­cord­ingly, Xi ap­pealed in his ad­dress at the Congress to re­con­struct­ing a new form of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions fea­tur­ing mu­tual re­spect, fair­ness, jus­tice, and win-win co­op­er­a­tion. This pa­per aims to in­ter­pret the de­marche of Xi’s for­eign pol­icy from the con­cept, goal and prospect which were ex­pounded at the CPC Congress. Con­cep­tu­ally, the Chi­nese, both rul­ing and the ruled, have opined that global multi-po­lar­ity, eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion, IT ap­pli­ca­tion, and cul­tural di­ver­sity are surg­ing for­ward as the world trend. Given this, peace­ful changes in the global gov­er­nance sys­tem and in­ter­na­tional or­der are soundly im­per­a­tive. Sim­i­larly, our “global com­mu­nity” is cir­cum­scribed by un­cer­tain­ties and desta­bi­liz­ing fac­tors cover­ing from the in­creas­ing short­age of en­ergy, widen­ing gap between rich and poor coun­tries, and hotspot is­sues in many re­gions; not to men­tion alarm­ing un­con­ven­tional se­cu­rity is­sues like ter­ror­ism, cy­ber-se­cu­rity, cli­mate changes and ma­jor in­fec­tious dis­eases. As human be­ing liv­ing in a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture, we need to work to­gether, as “to­gether, we never fail”, while keep­ing each own iden­tity. The key fact is that no coun­try alone can ad­dress so many chal­lenges and is­sues; and no coun­try can af­ford to re­treat into self-iso­la­tion as well. As the largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try in the world, China will con­tinue to en­dorse trade and in­vest­ment lib­er­al­iza­tion and fa­cil­i­ta­tion, and strive to fa­cil­i­tate eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion more open, are shared by all coun­tries. This

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