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China charts diplomatic course

11-11-2012 20:46 BJT Special Report:18th CPC National Congress |

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By CCTV reporter Li Qiong

Over the past decade or so 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, and China has been working hard to react. Let’s take a look at how the country has dealt with the major tensions around the world.

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

When the unrest spread to Syria, China vetoed three draft resolutions in the UN security council, preventing military intervention.

And it continues to insist on diplomatic solutions to the crisis - having held talks with both the Syrian government and opposition groups.

In his report delivered to the 18th CPC National Congress, Party General Secretary Hu Jintao stressed this path.

Hu Jintao, General Secretary of CPC Central Committee, said, "History teaches us that the law of the jungle will not lead to the coexistence of human society and that the arbitrary use of force cannot make the world a better place. China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace."

China also stepped in during the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.

Seven peacekeeping teams have been sent to the Darfur region as part of UN efforts in the area. Among them, a considerable number of Chinese.

To date, the country has dispatched more than 21 thousand personnel on 30 UN 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 - lending protection to as many as 5000 ships from countries all over the world.

The country’s also taken an active role in global denuclearization. It’s taken the primary role 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 as well. Party General Secretary Hu Jintao says this work falls in line with the country’s goal of encouraging a more fair global order.

Hu Jintao said, "We will actively participate in multilateral affairs and work to make the international order and system more just and equitable."

Chinese leaders now regularly command attention at the world’s major meetings - from the G20 to APEC, the World Economic Forum to the UN - a sign of rising clout.

But the road has not always been smooth. The US "return to the Asia pacific" in 2011 is seen as a challenge to a rising China. The change has stirred concerns within the country that the US move is prompting other nations in the region to challenge China and Chinese sovereignty. For its part, China maintains that it will continue to focus on peace, stability, development, and cooperation - adding that it hopes other countries will do so as well.

Editor:Zhou Minxi |Source: CCTV.com

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