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Special> NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2015> Exclusive
UPDATED: March 14, 2015 NO. 12 MARCH 19, 2015
An Outlook on China's Diplomacy

Reform of World Order

China has always been a constructive force in building the international order. If the international order and system built around the UN can be compared to a big boat, then 70 years ago, China was intimately involved in designing and building that boat, and China was the first country to put its signature on the UN Charter. Today China is in this boat together with more than 190 other countries. So of course, China doesn't want to upset that boat. Rather, China wants to work with the other passengers to ensure that this boat will sail forward steadily and in the right direction.

The international situation and landscape has changed dramatically in the past 70 years. China supports the reform of the international order and system. Such reform is not about overturning the current system or starting all over again; rather, it is about seeking new ideas to improve it. The general direction is to promote democracy in international relations and the rule of law in global governance. In particular, it is very important to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, which are in the majority, so that the world can become a more equal, harmonious and safe place.

The Korean Peninsula

The situation on the Korean Peninsula is basically stable, and China has played a constructive role in bringing that about. It is in the common interests of all relevant parties to maintain peace and stability in the area and achieve the denuclearization of the Peninsula. At the moment, the situation there has entered a delicate period. China calls on the relevant countries to exercise calm and restraint, and say and do things that will have a positive effect, so as to continue to foster the atmosphere and conditions for resuming the six-party talks.

Sino-Japanese Ties

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. China will hold a series of commemorative activities, including a military parade. The goal is to remember history, commemorate the martyrs, cherish peace and look to the future.

The history issue has been haunting the China-Japan relationship, and China cannot but ask why this has been the case. Those in power in Japan should first ask themselves what they have done on this score. Of course, the people of the world will reach their own conclusion. Seventy years ago, Japan lost the war; 70 years afterward, Japan must not lose its conscience. Will it continue to carry the baggage of history, or will it make a clean break with past aggression? Ultimately, the choice is Japan's.

South China Sea Disputes

China is carrying out the necessary construction of its own islands and reefs in the South China Sea. The construction does not target or affect anyone.

China will continue to uphold freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. It will continue to peacefully resolve the disputes through direct dialogue and consultation. And China will continue to play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability. China's policy toward the neighborhood is guided by the principle of sincerity, amity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. It aims to bring harmony, stability and prosperity to the neighborhood. This policy has not changed and will not change.

China-India Border Talks

The China-India boundary question is a legacy of history. Both countries have worked on it for many years and made some progress in the boundary negotiation. At the moment, the boundary negotiation is in the process of building up small positive developments.

Instability in Myanmar

What happens there is Myanmar's internal affair, and China hopes it can be resolved peacefully. At the same time, stability must be maintained in the China-Myanmar border region as well as in north Myanmar, because this serves the common interests of the two countries and their peoples.

China will continue to have communication and cooperation with the Myanmar side to jointly ensure tranquility in the border area and the safety of people from both countries.

Iranian Nuclear Issue

The possible ramifications of the Iranian nuclear negotiation will go far beyond the negotiation itself. The negotiation has reached a critical point. The relevant parties, especially the main protagonists, should make a political decision as soon as possible.

China is prepared to work with other relevant parties to finish the marathon negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue at an early date.

Fighting Terrorism

To uproot terrorism, efforts must be made to remove its breeding ground. To deny any haven to the specter of terrorism, it is of vital importance to promote economic and social development, appropriately handle regional conflicts, and advocate equal-footed dialogue between different civilizations, religions and ethnic groups.

Email us at: liuyunyun@bjreview.com

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