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Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Attends the Third Arctic Circle Assembly and Delivers a Keynote Speech

2015/10/17

From October 16 to 18, 2015, the third Arctic Circle Assembly was held in Reykjavik of Iceland. Head of the Chinese delegation and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming led a delegation to attend the Assembly, and delivered a keynote speech titled "China in the Arctic: Practices and Policies" in China's country session with the theme of "China's Contribution: Respect, Cooperation and Win-win".

Zhang Ming introduced China's major activities and contributions in the Arctic and expounded China's Arctic policy of upholding the three principles of respect, cooperation and win-win, and China's six propositions: further exploring and understanding the Arctic, protecting and rationally using the Arctic, respecting the inherent rights of Arctic countries and Arctic indigenous people, respecting the rights of non-Arctic countries and the overall interests of the international community, building a multi-level framework of Arctic cooperation with the goal of win-win results and maintaining the Arctic governing system under the current international law.

Zhang Ming pointed out that China is a constructive participant and partner in the Arctic affairs. The Chinese side will step up exchange and mutual learning with all parties to jointly build an Arctic that enjoys peace, stability, a sound ecosystem and sustainable development..

Zhang Ming also met with President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland during the Assembly, and held the first round of China-Iceland Dialogue on the Arctic Affairs with Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson of Iceland.

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