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Wang Yi Talks about China's Role in the World: To Achieve Modernization of 1.3 Billion People is China's Greatest International Responsibility and Historical Commitment

On February 7, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia jointly met the press after holding the fourth round of China-Australia Diplomatic and Strategic Dialogue in Canberra.

In response to the question that when facing today's increasingly uncertain international situation, some people think that China should play a leading role, Wang Yi said that in the face of the current uncertainties in the world situation, all parties pay more attention to China's role, which reflects the international community's trust and expectations towards China. Last month, President Xi Jinping delivered two important speeches during his attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos and his visit to the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. He elaborated China's propositions and put forward China's plan in an all-round and systematic way, which was widely agreed and praised by all countries in the world.

Here I would like to make it clear that China has no intention of leading anybody or replacing anybody. Because we always hold that issues in this world should be jointly discussed by all countries, and the international rules should be jointly stipulated by all countries. Meanwhile, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China is ready to shoulder its due responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security. As the second largest economy in the world, China is willing to provide a strong impetus to boost world economic growth. As the largest developing country, China stands ready to make unremitting efforts to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries. As a member of Asia, China is ready to make its own contribution to the stability and prosperity of neighboring countries. And as a country with 5,000 years of civilization, China is also willing to provide more positive energy for the progress and development of the human society.

Wang Yi stressed that we are keeping a clear head about the demand for China to play a "leading role". China still has limited national power, and we still need to focus on our own development. What China need to shoulder at present or in the future is the international responsibility that is commensurate with its own national power. To achieve the modernization of 1.3 billion people is China's greatest international responsibility and historical commitment to the world.

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