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[March 6th, 2012] Voices & Votes - China's bottom-line on the South China Sea, Iran, Syria

03-06-2012 21:02 BJT Special Report: 2012 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

Host: Yang Rui

Guest speakers:

- Ma Zhengang, former Chinese ambassador to the UK

- James Rae, a visiting scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University

- Josef Janning, Director of Studies at the European Policy Center

- Pavel Felgenhauer, a military analyst based in Russia

- Douglas Paal from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

- Koji Watanabe, the former Japanese ambassador to Russia

Peace, cooperation top China’s diplomacy





Part 1: China’s efforts for peace and development

The rapid development of China and its global stakes ask for good diplomacy based on its responsibility as a major stakeholder. This might be the basic tone of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s speech today. He was addressing the press on the sidelines of the on-going plenary session of the 11th national people’s congress.

The Foreign Minister calls for dialogue instead of confrontation in handling regional conflicts and when shaping international power politics. While Chinese media focus on the protection of overseas Chinese workers and tourists, overseas journalists watch out for China’s bottom-line on the South China Sea, Iran and Syria.

Here with us in the studio are Mr. Ma Zhengang, former Chinese ambassador to the U.K. and Mr. James Rae, a visiting scholar here at the China Foreign Affairs University. Later on in the show, we’ll be talking to commentators from the United States, Europe, Russia and Japan. <Part 1 video>

Part 2: China on Asia Pacific and South China Sea

Now to the South China Sea issue. Yang Jiechi says China expects countries involved in this territorial dispute to handle and resolve their disagreements with China through peaceful dialogue and negotiation.

Although China does not want to see the United States involved, the Foreign Minister welcomes the U.S. to play a constructive role across the Asia-Pacific region. <Part 2 video>

Part 3: Media Watch: Education, Healthcare & Housing

China is perhaps the only major power whose foreign minister seldom appears on the list of decision makers in Chinese politics when the so-called China threat or assertiveness increasingly generates headlines. We are not sure if there is always preventive coordination of a certain mechanism where it matters as Chinese interest groups often run risks the world over. This is not professional and sounds strange but Foreign Minister Yang is as brilliant and articulate as ever about China’s national interest and how China manages crisis in international politics. Clearly, he knows how far we can go and when China has to say no. This is not shadow boxing but real stuff. <Part 3 video>

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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