BEIJING, China, January 2 – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that Chinese diplomacy has progressed in a complex and fluid international landscape, writing new chapters of big country diplomacy with features distinctive Chinese.
Wang made his remarks during a year-end interview with the Xinhua News Agency and China Media Group. The Chinese Foreign Minister shared his views on the international situation and China’s diplomatic work in 2021.
For the world as for China, the outgoing year 2021 will mark the history of mankind, he noted.
Heads of State diplomacy plays a key role
Reviewing China’s diplomatic work in 2021, Wang pointed out that the diplomacy of heads of state plays a prominent role.
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He noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke 79 times with foreign leaders and heads of international organizations and attended 40 major foreign affairs events in 2021 via video link.
Wang also said that China’s diplomatic work in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 shows the country’s sense of responsibility to the international community, adding that China has always been in the “first phalanx” of the country. global pandemic cooperation and had manufactured its COVID-19 vaccines. global public goods.
China was one of the first countries to also commit to supporting a waiver of intellectual property rights to vaccines and manufacturing them in cooperation with developing countries, Wang said.
“China has safeguarded the right direction for the global fight against the pandemic with its firm commitment and practical actions,” he added.
Chinese FM Wang Yi says the country’s development is unstoppable
President Xi announced a series of measures for greater openness as well as the proposal of the Global Development Initiative this year, said the Chinese Foreign Minister while saying that all these measures contribute to the global economic recovery. .
Wang noted that China firmly stands for multilateralism, upholds the common values of all mankind, and is committed to maintaining an international system with the United Nations at its center and a world order based on international law.
China implements human-centered diplomacy, Wang said. According to the foreign minister, China has launched the “spring shoot” program, which has helped and provided vaccination for millions of overseas Chinese compatriots with vaccines in more than 180 countries.
“No one is able to teach others a lesson about democracy”
Stressing that democracy is a common value shared by all mankind, Wang said that no one was able to teach others about democracy.
He noted that some forces have attempted to impose their own will and their own standards on others and have used excuses such as rule, human rights and democracy to smear other countries.
“We cannot compromise on this. We cannot retreat and we have to face it, ”Wang said.
The Chinese Foreign Minister spoke out against countries trying to ally themselves, form cliques and pursue a cold war mentality and called for the defense of true multilateralism.
There is only one system, namely the UN-centric international system, and one set of rules – the basic standards of international relations based on the UN Charter, Wang said.
In terms of human rights, Wang pointed out that some countries, led by the United States, have used human rights as a tool to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, regardless of their jurisdiction. own human rights issues.
This year at the Human Rights Council and the United Nations General Assembly, anti-China proposals have been foiled four times in a row, creating momentum that has led nearly 100 countries to support China’s legitimate position. China and oppose interference in China’s internal affairs through human rights. , he added.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi reacts in an interview on the international situation and Chinese diplomacy in 2021, Beijing, China, December 30, 2021. / Chinese Foreign Ministry
China and Russia “stand side by side”
China and Russia are major countries with global influence, Wang said. It is of global importance for the two countries to strengthen strategic coordination and practical cooperation, he added, praising their “irreplaceable roles” in the world.
The two sides celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the China-Russia Good Neighbor and Friendly Cooperation Treaty this year, and President Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced their decision to extend the pact, Wang said. The two leaders will meet again in just over a month when Putin attends the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, he said.
Sino-Russian relations are increasingly mature, stable, resilient and dynamic under the leadership of the two heads of state, the diplomat said.
Wang highlighted the contributions of the two countries to global economic recovery, regional stability and global governance. China and Russia firmly maintain the international system with the United Nations at its center and the international order based on international law, and jointly oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries, unilateral sanctions and to long-arm jurisdiction, he said. The two countries have become the pillar of maintaining true multilateralism and safeguarding international equity and justice, he added.
If China and Russia “stand side by side” and deepen their coordination, international order will be maintained, global justice will be respected and hegemony will never prevail, he said.
China’s development is an “unstoppable trend”
President Xi and US President Joe Biden had two phone conversations and a virtual meeting in 2021. Reviewing China-US relations during the year, Wang said Washington should take concrete steps to deliver on its commitments. .
The United States has realized that it is impossible to force China to compromise, and the US president and some senior US officials have said the country is not seeking a new cold war or changing China’s political system. , did not support “Taiwan independence”, and has no intention of entering into a conflict or confrontation with China, he said.
But the United States continues to make further provocations on issues concerning China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and continues to harm bilateral relations, he added.
President Xi stressed mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation as three principles for the development of Sino-US relations, Wang noted, stressing that this is the only way for bilateral relations to return to development. healthy and stable.
The United States should fully understand that the development and revitalization of China are the legitimate rights and interests of a sovereign country and an “unstoppable trend,” he said, urging Washington to abandon its obsession with suppressing the China.
China will never seek hegemony in the world like Western countries have done, nor does it wish to change, replace or threaten anyone, he said. China and the United States can achieve prosperity together if the United States sees China as a partner rather than an adversary or an enemy, he said.
China respects the social system and the development path of the United States, but it will never allow any attempt to vilify or undermine its own system and its own path, he said.
“China is a staunch member of the developing world”
Emphasizing that “China is a staunch member of the developing world,” Wang said that China’s relations with the developing world have made significant progress during the year, with successful results achieved in various areas of development. cooperation.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between China and African countries. Wang said that a new milestone in the history of Sino-African relations has been taken.
“President Xi Jinping first introduced the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation, presented four proposals for building a China-Africa community of destiny in the new era, and announced nine cooperation programs with China and Africa. ‘Africa,’ says Wang.
No matter how the international situation develops, China will stand steadfastly on the side of the developing world and deepen its mutually beneficial cooperation with other developing countries, he said.
Looking ahead, Chinese Foreign Minister stressed that China’s diplomatic priorities will focus on upholding the principle of mutual assistance to jointly develop an immunity shield, the principle of mutual benefit to jointly develop a engine of development, and the principle of sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith to build a bridge of friendship together.
China’s vote at the United Nations belongs to the developing world, Wang promised.