The year 2018 kicks off efforts to implement the decisions of the 19th Party Congress. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we in the diplomatic service will take new steps and make new strides.
The main highlights of China’s diplomatic calendar will include the following four events we are going to host:
First, the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, which will take place in Hainan this April and focus on reform and opening-up.
Second, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit, which will take place in Qingdao this June and focus on revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.
Third, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit, which will take place in Beijing this September and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.
Fourth, the first China International Import Expo, which will take place in Shanghai this November and focus on further market opening.
Head-of-state diplomacy as the highest form of state-to-state interaction plays a pivotal role and has irreplaceable strategic value.
Since 2012, President Xi Jinping has been the chief architect of China’s distinctive major-country diplomacy. He was personally involved in the planning and conduct of head-of-state diplomacy, which by all accounts has been brilliant. To date, President Xi has visited 57 countries in different parts of the world and received more than 110 foreign heads of state.
These important visits and meetings go a long way towards deepening the world’s understanding of China, enhancing China’s profile and influence, and facilitating the solution of many global problems.
President Xi’s leadership and charisma has earned him – and his country – many good friends among foreign leaders who represent a diverse range of cultures and social systems.
We believe that President Xi’s personal diplomacy will make a positive and responsible contribution to the well-being of his people, the interests of China and the welfare of the world. It will write a whole new chapter of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
Cooperation is the main thrust of China-US relations. Our people enjoy close and extensive exchanges.
According to the latest Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of Americans have a favorable view of China, the highest rate in nearly three decades. I hope people will pay more attention to such positive things.
As the largest developing country and developed country, China and America working together will benefit not just our own countries, but also the whole world.
If there is any competition between us, which is natural, it has to be healthy and positive. We may have competition, but we don’t have to be rivals. Instead, we should strive to be partners.
As for our trade frictions, history teaches that trade war is never the right solution.
In a globalized world, it is particularly unhelpful, as it will harm the initiator as well as the target country. In the event of a trade war, China will make a justified and necessary response.
When all is said and done, we hope China and America will have a calm and constructive dialogue as equals, and find a win-win solution.
In helping to settle various flashpoints, we follow a distinctly Chinese approach. There are things we will do and there are things we won’t do.
Put simply, our approach is at once peaceful, justifiable and constructive.
First, we prefer a political settlement of disputes through dialogue and negotiation, and firmly reject the use of force.
Second, we respect other countries’ sovereignty and wish, and never meddle in their internal affairs. Indeed, we firmly reject imposing one’s own view on others.
Third, we do our best to be fair and objective and proceed from the merits of the matter. We firmly reject pursuing private ends.
We note that President Putin has overseen important strides in Russia’s development and he has strong support from his people.
We trust the Russian people will again make the right choice and advance steadily towards national revitalization.
We have great confidence in the future of China-Russia relations.
The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is as unshakable as a mountain.
The sky is the limit for Sino-Russian cooperation, and we must continue to make the relationship even better than it already is.
The Belt and Road is a transparent initiative launched by China. It follows the “golden rule” of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.
Belt and Road cooperation aims to be equal-footed, inclusive and beneficial to all.
The planning and implementation of BRI projects have been discussed by the participants in the open.
No country is dominating the process; all parties have an equal say. There is no back-room deal; everything is transparent. There is no “winner takes all”; every project delivers win-win results.
As a global public good, the BRI of course abides by international rules. As a platform for international cooperation, it naturally follows market principles.
Last May, the representatives of more than 140 countries participated in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The turnout is a clear vote of confidence from the international community.
The joint communiqué of last year’s forum committed to this and emphasized the importance of economic, social, fiscal and environmental sustainability of projects.
We sincerely ask for ideas from all parties, so that we will together make a success of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Our goal is not only to strengthen the physical connectivity of infrastructure, but also to improve the institutional connectivity of policies, rules and standards. BRI projects must be high-standard as well as results-oriented, high-quality as well as economically viable, beneficial to the world as well as to China.
As we celebrate the 15th anniversary, 2018 is of particular importance for the future of China-ASEAN strategic partnership.
The last 15 years have seen China-ASEAN cooperation go from strength to strength and bear rich fruits. Indeed, China-ASEAN cooperation is the most successful and dynamic in the Asian-Pacific region.
In the year ahead, we will continue to give the highest priority to cooperation with ASEAN, upgrade our strategic partnership and build a more close-knit community of shared destiny.
No matter how the world may change or what others may say, the profound friendship between China and Africa will remain unbreakable, and China’s promise of sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith will remain true.
In our new endeavor to build a global community with a shared future, Africa is an indispensable partner. China welcomes our African brothers and sisters to continue their ride on China’s fast train of development.
The FOCAC summit scheduled for September will bring together Chinese and African leaders again, 12 years after their last gathering in Beijing. They will discuss China-Africa cooperation in the new era and focus on jointly advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and turning China and Africa into a community with a shared future.
We will give wings to China-Africa cooperation to help it soar to greater heights.
In the recent period, Japan has adopted a clearer and more positive policy towards China, resulting in a precious improvement of relations. China welcomes this.
If Japan does not prevaricate, flip-flop or backpedal, and instead comes to terms with China’s development and welcomes it, China will be willing to act in the same spirit and work with Japan to put our relationship back on the track of healthy and steady growth.
Forty years ago, China and Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
It codified the political principles agreed in negotiating the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations, including handling history correctly and following the one-China policy. The treaty also enshrined our joint desire to live in peace and friendship forever.
As a saying goes, never forget why you started, and you can accomplish your mission.
Forty years on, at another crucial juncture of history, we hope Japan will have political credibility and act accordingly to cement the political foundation of our relations and give effect to the political understanding that “China and Japan see each other as partners, not threats”.
Chinese and Indian leaders have developed a strategic vision for the future of our relations: the Chinese “dragon” and the Indian “elephant” must not fight each other, but dance with each other. In that case, one plus one will equal not only two, but also eleven.
Mutual trust is the most precious commodity in China-India relations. With political trust, not even the Himalayas can stop us from strengthening friendly exchanges; without it, not even level land can bring us together.
I hope the two sides will be free from mental inhibitions and meet each other halfway. Let us replace suspicion with trust, manage differences through dialogue, and build a future through cooperation.
This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.
The year started with President Macron paying a state visit to China and Sino-French relations in excellent shape. Then the visit of Prime Minister May kicked off efforts by China and the UK to upgrade their “Golden Era” of relations.
We hope at the end of the year, China-EU relations will be as strong as we have started it.
There are also some disagreements between China and the EU. But both sides have realized the need to put oneself in the other’s shoes and to be more open, tolerant and understanding of each other.
China still being a developing country, facilitating domestic development is part and parcel of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.
Keeping in mind our new mission and what is expected of us, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will implement the decisions of the central leadership and be more active in facilitating domestic development.
In advancing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era, we aim to be not just the pacesetter of China’s international engagement, but also a solid contributor to domestic development.
In his report to the 19th Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that the Communist Party of China will strive for both the well-being of the Chinese people and human progress.
A committed and responsible China will adopt a more visionary foreign policy. We will have a broader mind, and play a more active role.
An ancient Chinese classic teaches that “when justice prevails, the world will be one community”.
We are determined to uphold our country’s sovereignty and dignity. We are determined to be on the side of international justice and human progress. We are determined to build world peace, contribute to global prosperity and uphold the international order.