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UPDATED: March 13, 2011 NO. 11 MARCH 17, 2011
Charting China's Diplomatic Role

GOING EUROPEAN: A journalist with China Radio International has a question about Sino-EU relations (JIANG XIAOYING)

SUMMIT PREVIEW: A South African journalist questions Yang Jiechi about his expectations for the upcoming BRICS summit (JIANG XIAOYING)

This year, we will continue to increase mutual political trust. This year marks the 60th, 50th and 20th anniversaries of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan, China and Laos, and China and Brunei, respectively. It is also the 20th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relationship between China and ASEAN. It is also the year of friendly exchanges between China and ASEAN, and between China and India. We will hold a series of vibrant commemoration activities and work with other Asian countries to deepen mutual understanding and pursue common development in Asia.

We will vigorously promote regional integration and cooperation processes. The China-ASEAN Free Trade Area has been fully established, marking a good beginning. At the same time, efforts will also be made to advance practical cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea.


It is entirely appropriate for us to consider how to exercise global governance in an age of globalization. It is our view that the essence of global governance should be the common participation of all parties in the international community, and widely shared benefits. Global governance should be conducted through equal consultations and win-win cooperation. It should be carried out mainly through multilateral mechanisms represented by the UN. And it should follow widely recognized international law, international norms and norms governing international relations. In short, global governance should foster a favorable environment and conditions for the development of developing countries, not the reverse.

We take the view that the Group of 20 (G20) is an important platform for meeting major economic and financial challenges. It also serves as a platform for global economic governance. The G20 has made useful attempts to establish a new type of global partnership for development. It reflects the major changes taking place in international architecture.

We hope the G20 summit to be held in Cannes, France, later this year will take strong steps in the following areas: We hope the summit will help facilitate the shift in the role of the G20 from a short-term mechanism for crisis management to a long-term mechanism for economic governance. We hope the summit will help the G20 to make even greater contributions to managing serious international economic and financial risks and promoting progress in the reform of international financial institutions. We hope the summit will take more steps to accommodate and support the interests of developing countries. We hope the countries concerned will increase their input in supporting the development of developing countries, and take addressing the development imbalance between the North and the South as the fundamental solution to address international economic imbalances.


China and other members of the group welcome South Africa's joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and we welcome South African President Jacob Zuma to attend the BRICS Leaders' Meeting in Sanya in China's Hainan Province in April.

We hope the upcoming meeting will produce positive and important results. It is important for leaders of the BRICS countries to step up exchanges and dialogue. The BRICS countries may have different historical and cultural backgrounds, but they all face the task of maintaining sound momentum in domestic development while maintaining steady economic and social development. The BRICS countries have a keen interest in international economic and financial development. Therefore, they are willing to enhance exchanges and dialogue in these respects. It is not only the shared wish of people of the BRICS countries, but also represents an expectation of all people in the world.

We hope the BRICS countries will further enhance their practical cooperation. In the past months, they have already engaged in productive cooperation in environmental protection. Business communities and think tanks of the BRICS countries have also conducted exchanges. We hope the countries will seize the opportunity presented by the leaders' meeting. We will work with the other countries concerned to develop new cooperation patterns, enrich the content of our cooperation, and bring greater benefits to our peoples.

We hope the meeting will demonstrate the important and constructive role the BRICS countries have played in tackling the international financial crisis, spurring world economic recovery and meeting climate challenges. The BRICS countries are not developing into a group of emerging markets setting themselves in competition with developed countries. I would like to underline that the BRICS organization is open and inclusive. And this is an important part of South-South cooperation. It also serves as an important bridge in North-South cooperation.

Diplomatic agenda

In January, President Hu Jintao paid a successful state visit to the United States. The whole year's diplomacy got off to a good start. In April, the BRICS Leaders' Meeting will be held in China. In June, we will have the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's 10th anniversary summit. In October, the East Asia Summit will be held. And in November, the G20 will convene a summit in France, and the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting will be held in the United States. All these are important international conferences. We will make thoughtful arrangements for Chinese leaders' attendance at those meetings.

The international security situation is on the whole stable. At the same time, however, destabilizing factors and uncertainties have increased. In spite of differences and disagreements between countries over issues of one kind or another, they have become more interconnected and interdependent. Consensus has developed among great numbers of countries to pursue security and promote development through cooperation.

International responsibilities

China is making greater efforts to fulfill its international obligations, and achieving more results on this front. At the same time, one should recognize China can only assume international responsibilities within its capabilities.

By UN standards, we still have about 150 million people living in poverty. Each and every one of them is a member of the Chinese family and also a member of the large global family.

While fulfilling its international responsibilities, China is working hard to run its own affairs well. I think, that, in itself, is China's contribution to building a better future for the world.

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