Xi Jinping outlined the following ten key principles underlying the thought on diplomacy of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, a thought that has been developed by the CPC since its 18th National Congress through an array of major innovations in theory and practice and based on a keen understanding of the general development trends of the new era in China and the world:
Upholding the authority of the CPC Central Committee to strengthen centralized and unified Party leadership over external work;
Pursuing China’s major-country diplomacy to accomplish the mission of the great renewal of the Chinese nation;
Building a community with a shared future for mankind to promote world peace and common development;
Enhancing strategic confidence to build socialism with Chinese characteristics;
Pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative in accordance with the principle of achieving shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint contribution;
Pursuing peaceful development featuring mutual respect and win-win cooperation;
Fostering global partnerships by pursuing a broad-based diplomatic agenda;
Steering reform of the global governance system to uphold fairness and justice;
Upholding China’s sovereignty, security and development interests which represent the country’s core interests; and
Developing China’s distinctive diplomacy by drawing on its fine tradition and adapting to the changing times.
We need to put into action the thought on diplomacy of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and create a sound external environment for realizing the Chinese dream of great national renewal and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Xi Jinping stressed the importance of adopting a right approach to history, to the overall picture and to China’s role in assessing international developments.
The right approach to history takes into consideration not only the current international landscape; more importantly, it calls for commanding laws governing the advance of history by both reviewing the past and following the future development trend.
The right approach to the overall picture means not to just focus on specific developments and details. Rather, it stresses the need to capture the essence, the big picture, the principal issue and the principal aspect of an issue, so as not to get disoriented and not to pursue minor interests to the neglect of fundamental interests in a fluid and fast-changing international environment.
The right approach to China’s role calls for making a sober-minded analysis of a myriad of international events. It requires China to view its role in the context of its relations with the rest of the world so as to clearly define its position and role in an evolving global environment and adopt sound policies for pursuing China’s diplomacy.