China’s President Bases Foreign Policy on Westerners’ Term ‘The Advantage of the Other’

China’s President Bases Foreign Policy on Westerners’ Term ‘The Advantage of the Other’

Chinese President Xi Jinping keynoted the two-day, highest-level Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, Nov. 28-29 in Beijing, with a comprehensive address which based the entirety of Chinese foreign policy on the concept known to Western thought as “the advantage of the other,” which he defined quite specifically across the range of foreign affairs. Some key quotations:

“Keeping in mind new tasks that should be carried out under new conditions, we have worked hard to creatively pursue China’s diplomacy in both theory and practice, highlight the global significance of the Chinese dream and enrich the strategic thinking of peaceful development,” Xi said.

“We have advocated the building of a new type of international relations underpinned by win-win cooperation, put forward and followed a policy of upholding justice and pursuing shared interests, and championed a new vision featuring common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

“We have endeavored to build a new model of major-country relations, put forward and practiced a neighborhood policy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness as well as the guideline on China’s relations with Africa featuring sincerity, delivering outcomes, affinity and good faith.

“We should be fully mindful of the complexity of the evolving international architecture, and we should also recognize that the growing trend toward a multi-polar world will not change.

“We should be fully alert to the grave nature of international tensions and struggle; but we also need to recognize that peace and development, the underlying trend of our times, will remain unchanged. We should be keenly aware of the protracted nature of contest over the international order; on the other hand, we need to recognize that the direction of reform of the international system will remain unchanged.

“We should fully recognize the uncertainty in China’s neighboring environment, but we should also realize that the general trend of prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific region will not change.

“We are firm in our position that all countries, regardless of their size, strength and level of development, are equal members of the international community, and that the destiny of the world should be decided by people of all countries. We should uphold international justice and, in particular, speak up for developing countries.

“We should continue to follow the win-win strategy of opening-up, and a win-win approach in every aspect of our external relations such as political, economic, security and cultural fields.

“We should seek other countries’ understanding of and support for the Chinese dream, which is about peace, development, cooperation and win-win outcomes. What we pursue is the well-being of both the Chinese people and the people of all other countries.

“We should manage well relations with other major countries, build a sound and stable framework of major-country relations, and expand cooperation with other major developing countries. We should strengthen unity and cooperation with other developing countries, and closely integrate our own development with the common development of other developing countries.

“We should step up results-oriented cooperation, actively advance the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, work hard to expand the converging interests of various parties, and promote win-win cooperation through results-oriented cooperation.”

Xi also underlined again the commitment of the leadership to the two centenary goals, namely, doubling of GDP and personal income by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 2020, and creating a modern socialist country when China celebrates the the centenary of the founding of New China in 2049.

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