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Chinese diplomacy charms world with new furniture

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-10-2015 14:26 BJT

By Guo Yanjun, deputy director, Asia study institute, Foreign Affairs University

Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded his state visits to Vietnam and Singapore on November 8.


The visits lasted only three days but proved fruitful: China-Vietnam relations were further improved, while leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Straits achieved a historic meeting.

Through these visits, President Xi once again elaborated China's foreign policies and standpoints to the world. The wisdom and charm of Chinese diplomacy could be seen in three ways:

First,  China advocates traditional Chinese holistic diplomatic thinking.

Peaceful development is in the DNA of Chinese culture, Xi said. The Chinese value trustworthiness and cultivate harmony with their neighbors. Nations living side by side in perfect harmony is a major principle of Chinese diplomacy.

The Chinese employ harmony and unity to resolve conflicts and contradictions as the basis of building a "community of common destiny."

This embodies China's overall diplomatic thinking and transcends Western international relations theory. It differs from Western therapies involving stopgap measures that tend to treat the head for a headache, the foot for a footache while neglecting the individual as a whole. The Chinese is able to grasp the main trends and contradictions so as to find a more effective remedy.

In its diplomatic communications, China stresses harmony without uniformity and treats others as they would wish to be treated.

Take the Belt and Road Initiative for example. China seeks broad consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits with nations along the routes. China doesn't engage in a one-man-show in an attempt to seek hegemony.

Secondly, China promotes common development guidelines and a pragmatic diplomatic policy.

An important way to carry out pragmatic cooperation for China is to guide common development and boost economic diplomacy.

Neighboring countries are welcome to take a ride on China's "development express" for common development and prosperity, Xi has said.

The Belt and Road Initiative can be seen as "public goods" China provides for the international community.

To make good use of the initiative, China needs to mesh its plans with other nations' development strategies.

Xi talked about the Belt and Road linking with Vietnam's "two corridors and one economic ring" strategy. He also referred to Belt and Road integrating with the development strategies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The active participation of Taiwan in Belt and Road construction is also welcome.

Pragmatic cooperation nevertheless must properly address relevant issues. China and Vietnam should properly control and handle their divergence, Xi said, and foreign countries should play a constructive role.

The two sides of the Taiwan Straits should adhere to the "1992 Consensus" and oppose Taiwan independence. All these commitments reflect China's pragmatic diplomacy.

Thirdly, China focuses on people's happiness and well-being as a diplomatic goal in itself.

The ultimate goal of peaceful development is to realize the common people's well-being. Xi's address at his meeting with Ma Ying-jeou reflects his strong and earnest desire to promote peaceful cross-Straits reunification and enhance the well-being of people on both sides.

Xi also defined China and Vietnam as good neighbors, friends, comrades and partners. China's diplomatic approach is to insist on practicing good neighborly and friendly relations while treating neighboring nations with sincerity and tolerance for mutual benefit and reciprocity. China's development achievements will be beneficial to surrounding countries. China will always pursue the well-being of the common people as a fundamental human concern.

To achieve this goal, Xi proposed enhancing cultural exchanges, especially youth exchanges. These initiatives aim at better communication and intimacy so that young people should pass on the tradition of harmonious cooperation with neighboring countries.

Although the visit was short, Xi sent clear signals to the world that Chinese people have the capability and wisdom to solve their own problems. China will, as always, adhere to the route of peaceful development.

China will provide more public goods for neighboring countries. These signals are also China's solemn commitment to the world.

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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