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A Decade of Change: China pursues path of peace

10-03-2012 20:51 BJT Special Report:China: A Decade of Change |

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In the past decade or more, we’ve seen terrorist attacks, a global economic crisis, unrest in the Middle-East and regional tensions in the Asia Pacific. Each of them is changing the world in its own way. But amidst all these challenges, the Chinese government has consistently adhered to its independent foreign policy with an aim to build a peaceful and prosperous world.

In the Spring of 2011, a political storm broke out in the Middle East. Within a hundred days, it had spread across the region.

As it seeks to resolve these crises, China had three main priorities: maintaining regional stability, respecting the sovereignty of the countries involved, and respecting the wishes of the people.

Take the Syria crisis for example. China vetoed three draft resolutions on Syria, preventing a military intervention.

China is keen to find a diplomatic solution and has held talks with both the Syrian government and the opposition groups.

The Chinese government is also a strong supporter of the peace plan proposed by then-UN and Arab special envoy Kofi Annan.

China has also played a vital role in many other crucial issues facing the international community. The conflict between Sudan and South Sudan is another dispute where China really made a difference. .

Seven peacekeeping teams have been sent to the Darfur region in Sudan as part of a UN mission among them are Chinese peacekeepers who are often seen lending a hand in many conflict zones.

To date, China has dispatched more than 21,000 personnel to the UN’s 30 peacekeeping missions, more than any other member state.

China has dispatched more than 21,000 personnel to the UN’s 30 peacekeeping missions, more than any other member state.

Then, there’s the fight against piracy. Since December 2008, China has been escorting merchant fleets in the Gulf of Aden. The Chinese Navy has lent protection to as many as 5000 ships from countries all over the world, keeping them safe from pirates.

China has also taken the lead in organizing and leading the six-party talks on the DPRK nuclear issue. And it has played a key role in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear progress. All in pursuit of a more peaceful and stable world.

Over the past decade, China has also worked hard to develop friendly relations with other countries in the region.

Mechanisms like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ASEAN, the East Asia Summit, and the ongoing free-trade negotiations with Japan and South Korea, have all had a major impact on the regional economy.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Russian
President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon (from left to right)
pose for a group photo prior to a small-group meeting of the 12th Meeting of
the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO) in Beijing, capital of China, June 6, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

In 2008, the subprime crisis broke out in the U.S. and soon spread across the globe. Two years later, the entire European continent was crippled by the debt crisis. The global financial meltdown hurt developed and developing countries alike. But here, China has proved the exception, maintaining fast economic growth and becoming the engine of the global recovery.

Chinese leaders are regular fixtures on the world stage, regularly attending meetings of the G20, APEC, the World Economic Forum, the UN, the China-EU leaders meeting and the Boao Forum for Asia. At these international fora, they are always offering constructive suggestions on how to build a better world.

China is also making new friends. In July, the Fifth Ministerial Conference of The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was held in Beijing and hailed as a great success. Over the past twelve years, cooperation between China and African Countries has gone from strength to strength. Trade between the two sides quadrupled between 2006 and the first half of 2012.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes part in a group photo at the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

However, the road ahead is not always smooth. Especially since 2011 when the United States announced a high-profile “return to the Asia pacific ". This move has emboldened some countries in the South China Sea to challenge China’s sovereignty. However, despite these adversities, China maintains its firm focus on peace, stability, development, and cooperation, and hopes others in the region will come to share these enlightened principles.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CCTV.com

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