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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Attends 2016 National Meeting of Directors General of Local Foreign Affairs Offices and Reports on International Situation and Diplomatic Work

On December 28, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the National Meeting of Directors General of Local Foreign Affairs Offices held in Beijing, and reported on current international situation and diplomatic work. Deputy Secretary of Beijing Municipal Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee and Acting Mayor of Beijing Cai Qi chaired the meeting. Over 190 people, including Directors General of Foreign Affairs Offices of all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, principal comrades from Office of Foreign Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, the Foreign Ministry and Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and some municipal leaders of Beijing, attended the meeting.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi deeply expounded on General-Secretary Xi Jinping's important diplomatic concepts, and stressed that it is necessary to earnestly study and understand the profound connotation of General-Secretary Xi Jinping's diplomatic thoughts and regard it as an action plan to forge major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave a comprehensive introduction to the current international situation and diplomatic work, stressing that under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, the central and local foreign affairs offices have safeguarded a stable external environment in general amid a chaotic and turbulent international situation as well as elevated China's institutional rights in the ever-changing international situation by working together to overcome difficulties, forge ahead and make progress. 2017 marks the convening of the 19th CPC National Congress and is also a crucial year to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Local foreign affairs work should play an important role in serving the successful convening of the 19th CPC National Congress, actively serve the local reform, opening up and development and vigorously participate in the "Belt and Road" construction, so as to effectively protect China's continuously expanding overseas interests.

Attending representatives expressed that they will earnestly study and implement General-Secretary Xi Jinping's diplomatic thoughts, forge ahead and make progress in accordance with the CPC Central Committee's deployment, and further create a new situation for local foreign affairs work, so as to greet the convening of the 19th CPC National Congress with outstanding achievements.

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