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The origins of win-win cooperation concepts

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-20-2015 15:40 BJT

Editor's Note: Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward his concept of a "new type of win-win cooperation international relations" at the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in September. Here is the 2nd article in a 4-parts series elaborating on this concept.

By QiaoWei, Vice President of Overseas Chinese Association, China

According to Xinhua News, the cooperation and win-win concept was first put forward by former Chinese President Hu Jintao in his speech at the opening ceremony of the annual conference of the Bo'ao Forum for Asia in April 2004.

Chinese President Xi Jinping starts his state visit to the United Kingdom (UK) and Northern Ireland on October 19.

Chinese President Xi Jinping starts his state visit to the United Kingdom (UK) and Northern Ireland on October 19.

In February 2012, President Xi Jinping visited the United States. When it came to a discussion on building a new type of China- US relations, he highlighted win-win cooperation.

While illustrating new relations between China and the US, Xi said China is exploring ways to establish a new type of relations to realize mutual respect and win-win cooperation, which can be perceived as a pioneering work for the history of international relations.

Some scholars have pointed out that the era of new relations between China and the US appears to be the most crucial for the 21st century.

During his visit to the US in September, Xi had embarked on face-to-face meetings between the greatest developing and developed countries to improve global diplomacy efforts.

To construct new international relations with cooperation and win-win concepts as the core was proposed by President Xi. China will reflect on such concepts in politics, economics, security, culture and other cooperation mechanisms.

Politically, China will establish new ideas of partnerships; economically, China will create new prospects for joint development; on security, China will create a new situation to share security among states; culturally, we'll realize cultural tolerance among civilizations.

Xi has not limited cooperation just to the economic field, but as a strategic concept, applicable to international affairs.

We seek common interests, common development and prosperity on the economy; politically, we seek mutual respect and equal treatment; we also seek collective and cooperation security, cultural tolerance and mutual learning. We support "Peace, Development and Cooperation," and that constitute the core of China's foreign policy.

Win-win cooperation concept embodies Chinese traditional culture. Beijing does not pursue a single excellence, but cherishes "harmony" and the "good wishes of neighbors."

More than 2000 years ago, the Chinese and people from other countries in the Eurasian continent had explored and opened up multiple connections of trade and cultural exchange channels in Asia, Europe, and Africa, which is commonly referred to as the "Silk Road."

The ancient Silk Road ran across Eurasia, ushering in a spiritual heritage for "peace and cooperation, openness and inclusion, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation."

Such values have inspired the five principles of peaceful coexistence promoted by Beijing, which were proposed by the late-Premier Zhou Enlai in 1953 when he met the India delegation. It was the basic principles for states to establish normal diplomatic relations and to conduct exchanges and cooperation.

"Mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each others' internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence" has been accepted by most nations, setting norms for governing international relations.

The new banner for the development of China’s foreign relations, win-win cooperation is a major strategic innovation.

The strategy can boost China's opening up and economic development strategy, while inaugurating the basic principles of international economic relations and global political governance. Along with the continuous rise of China, win-win cooperation can be greatly enriched.

Why should China promote win-win concepts? Well, it fits the needs of China's development via its economic globalization mode.

Let's then investigate the consequences of changes in world economic patterns. Stay tuned for the next issue: Cooperation and Win-win Concepts Originated in China’s Self-development and the Changes of World Patterns.
This series of articles have been compiled from the content of the 86th "Forum on World Affairs" of "Overseas Chinese Friends".


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