As an ancient Chinese litterateur wrote, “Time stops for no one, and the seasons keep changing.” Over half of 2019 has passed in the blink of an eye, and the major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics has kept cleaving waves and forging ahead under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy.
During the past half-year, the country has made remarkable achievements in win-win-cooperation one after another, constantly writing new chapters of building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.
Selecting Italy, Monaco and France as his first overseas destinations this year, the Chinese President has opened new space for the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and injected fresh impetus to China-Europe comprehensive strategic partnership.
During the Second Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation, Xi hosted a series of state events for visiting foreign leaders, and held over ten bilateral meetings. He has further consolidated the friendship and deepened cooperation between China and countries participating in the event.
By endeavoring to promote integrated planning of its relations with major countries, neighboring countries, developing countries, and its multilateral diplomacy, and continuously expanding its global partnership network, China has fully showcased its diplomatic wisdom.
The courage and persistence China has shown in its diplomatic efforts have yielded rich fruits.
During Xi’s state visit to Italy, China and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on jointly advancing the construction of the BRI, making Italy the first member of the Group of Seven to join the initiative.
The Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, as a significant diplomatic event hosted by China in 2019, delivered 283 items of practical outcomes and reached cooperation agreements worth more than $64 billion, thus ushering in a new stage of the high-quality construction of the BRI.
During the visit, the two countries agreed that they would stay true to their original aspirations and join hands to create a bright future of inter-party and inter-state relations at a new starting point in history.
It is widely agreed that instead of adopting the selfish philosophy of “me-first” policy andpursing azero-sum game that result in the win of one party and the loss of the other, China integrates its own development into the development of the world and endeavors to seek universally beneficial and win-win results through its positive interaction with various countries.
It’s a general consensus that such efforts of China have constantly given impetus to the high-quality development of global economy and created conditions for the prosperity and stability of the world.
By offering the world with remarkable proposals, China has lived up to the responsibilities of a major country.
Attending the China-France Global Governance Forum, the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the three major diplomatic events hosted by China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek, the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), and the 14th Group of 20 (G20) Osaka summit, Xi has pointed directionfor the world economy and global governance, as well as explored new paths for major country relations and international cooperation from the perspective of building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.
When faced with daunting challenges such as the deficit in governance, trust, peace, and development, as well as the rising unilateralism and protectionism, China is willing to jointly build the BRI with its global partners and uphold the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits in global governance.
It will resolutely safeguard the legitimate right to development and international equality and justice, and join hands with various countries to pave a path of common development.
China, being open, inclusive and confident, will always promote world peace, contribute to global development, and safeguard the international order.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke highly of China’s positive role in the world, saying that China firmly upholds multilateralism, and safeguards equity and justice, as well as the purposes and principles of the UN Charter when the world is faced with great uncertainties and the global legal systems and multilateralism are confronted with challenges.
China has played an important role in stabilizing, and brought certainty, confidence and hope to the world, said Guterres.
As Xi said at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations this May, “China today is more than the country itself; it is very much a part of Asia and the world.”
Xi’s diplomatic tours, coming at the historical moment when China is about to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, signaled to the world the original aspiration and commitment of the leader of a major country who promises to put aside his own well-being for the good of his people, and also showcased the efforts made by China and its partners on its way to the center of the world stage.