China’s major-country diplomacy taking shape under Xi’s leadership: Wang Yi

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Belt and Road Initiative not expansionism

Beijing—The major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics has been taking shape since Xi Jinping assumed China’s top leadership, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the national legislature annual session, Wang said China, on its good diplomatic tradition, has made active efforts and broken new grounds in its diplomacy under the leadership of Xi who has put forward a series of new thoughts, new ideas and new measures.
“We are on the path to major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” Wang said.
The minister said China’s diplomatic efforts serve to help realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation and to build a community of shared destiny for all mankind, via the strategic choice of peaceful development.
“The basic principle is to have win-win cooperation and build a new type of international relations on that basis,” Wang said. “Its main pathway is to establish various types of partnerships and to choose partnership over alliance and dialogue over confrontation.”
“The value we insist on is to adopt a balanced approach to friendship and interest, to uphold justice in international affairs, and to put friendship before interest in state-to-state relations,” he said.
Wang went on to cite a new year message delivered by Xi who asserted China’s indispensable role on the global stage.
“The world is so big and faces so many problems, the international community wishes to hear China’s voices and see China’s solutions, and China cannot be absent,” Wang recited.
Wang said China, guided by Xi’s diplomatic thinking and the arrangements made by the central leadership, will play a more active role in contributing to world peace and stability as well as prosperity and progress of mankind.
The China roposed Belt and Road Initiative should not be seen as expansionism, but rather an open initiative, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday.
“The Initiative is China’s idea, but the opportunities it has created belong to the world,” Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of the national legislature’s annual session.
The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt that links China with Europe through central and western Asia, and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road connecting China with southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Initiative is a response to the need for development and cooperation among Asian and European countries, and it shows that China is in a rapid transition from a mere participant in international system to a provider of public goods, Wang said.
In building the Belt and Road Initiative, China follows the principles of wide consultation, joint contribution and shared benefit, Wang said, noting that it is “an open initiative, not some form of Monroe Doctrine or expansionism.”
Wang said notable progress has been made over the past years in the Initiative, citing development in four areas.
More than 70 countries and international organizations have expressed interest in the Belt and Road Initiative, and over 30 countries have signed agreements with China to jointly build it.
The financial architecture is basically in place. The China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has started operation and the first group of projects financed by the Silk Road Fund has been launched.
A connectivity network has taken shape, most notably the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor. A freight train now links China with Europe.
All-round progress has been made in industrial capacity cooperation. China has institutionalised such cooperation with nearly 20 countries.—Xinhua

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