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Yang Jiechi Attends the 55th Munich Security Conference and Delivers a Keynote Speech

2019/02/17

On February 16, 2019 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi attended the 55th Munich Security Conference in Germany and delivered a keynote speech themed with Working for a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind by Promoting International Cooperation and Multilateralism.

Yang Jiechi expressed that our world today is undergoing fast and profound changes with growing uncertainties and instability. As President Xi Jinping pointed out, multilateralism provides an effective way of upholding peace and promoting development, and the world needs multilateralism now more than ever. As a founding member of the United Nations (UN) and a permanent member of its Security Council, China has all along supported multilateralism, followed the multilateral approach, and advocated peace, development and win-win cooperation, playing its consistent role as a promoter of world peace, contributor to global development and upholder of the international order.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that to serve the common and fundamental interests of the people of China and around the world, President Xi Jinping called for the fostering of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. He expounded on a vision of an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity. Such thinking and vision include, first, the principle of sovereign equality, which is the most important norm governing state-to-state relations; second, dialogue and consultation, which is an important approach to sound global governance in today's world; third, the rule of law, which is central to the pursuit of law-based international relations and fourth, win-win cooperation, which is essential for achieving common development.

Yang Jiechi noted that to advocate and practice multilateralism is the preferred option of an overwhelming majority of countries. Facts have shown that to pursue global cooperation, multilateralism and a community with a shared future for mankind represents a momentous trend of our times and is the right way to go. China advocates a steadfast commitment to advance international cooperation, uphold and develop multilateralism, and make the international order more just and equitable.

First, we need to forge partnerships through mutual respect. Choosing dialogue over confrontation, we should work vigorously to develop partnerships that are more inclusive and constructive. China is committed to building a generally stable and balanced framework of major-country relations. We are ready to work with the United States to solidly implement the important common understanding reached between the two Presidents and jointly build a China-US relationship based on coordination, cooperation and stability. Over the past few weeks, the economic teams of the two sides have engaged in intensive consultations, and important progress has been made. We hope that the two sides will continue to make concerted efforts toward a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement. Following the strategic guidance from the top leaders, China and Russia will work to elevate their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination to new heights. China remains a staunch supporter of European integration. We welcome a Europe that is more united, stable and prosperous. China follows the policy of building friendships and partnerships with neighboring countries based on amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. China is committed to pursuing the greater good and shared interests and to the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith to advance the building of a community with a shared future with all other developing countries.

Second, we need to uphold universal security through mutual support. We should work toward a new vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. Global issues such as climate change, cyber security, terrorism and major natural disasters should be tackled through global responses. China has been actively involved in the UN peacekeeping missions. China has been an active player in international cooperation against terrorism and is committed to facilitating the proper resolution of regional hotspots issues through dialogue and negotiation.

Third, we need to foster global development and prosperity through win-win cooperation. We need to follow the new approach of win-win and all-win cooperation. We need to rise to the challenges and promote common development through closer cooperation. We need to make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all, and accommodate the interests of all countries, particularly emerging markets and developing countries. Following a win-win strategy of opening-up, China is firm in upholding the multilateral trading system and advancing trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. Countries should pursue the path of open, integrated and win-win development, and work together to foster an open, fair and transparent environment for international cooperation.

Fourth, we need to improve global governance through reform and innovation. We need to firmly defend the central role of the UN in international affairs and uphold the rules-based multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its center. Guided by a vision of global governance featuring consultation, cooperation and benefit for all, China believes that the purpose of the reform is not to overturn the current system or start something new, but to improve the existing framework to reflect new realities and increase the representation and voice of emerging markets and developing countries.

Yang Jiechi said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Under the leadership of the CPC, the country has embarked on the right path, one that is suited to its national conditions and follows the trend of the times. The Chinese economy has entered a new phase of transitioning from high-speed growth to high quality development, operating within a proper range and maintaining overall stability and continued progress. China has enough resilience and huge potential to keep the economy on a sound track for a long time to come, and will provide the world with even more opportunities in terms of market, investment and cooperation.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative is an important international public good that China contributes to global cooperation for common development. It is also an important pathway toward building a community with a shared future for mankind. Facts have shown and will continue to prove that the Belt and Road Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China creates opportunities and benefits for all countries and serves the common interests of humanity. Guided by the principle of consultation and cooperation for shared benefit and the vision of green, clean and sustainable development, China will partner with all parties on the basis of universally accepted international rules, standards, laws and regulations to make the Belt and Road cooperation a road for peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and cultural exchange. China will host the second forum in Beijing in about two months' time. With active participation and concerted efforts of all parties, the Belt and Road cooperation will achieve even greater progress to the benefit of all peoples.

Yang Jiechi said that fifteen years on since the establishment of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership, the two sides have developed an all-dimensional and multi-tiered framework of exchanges and cooperation covering wide-ranging areas. Efforts to build China-EU partnerships for peace, growth, reform and civilization have made substantial progress. It is essential that our two sides continue to draw on each other's strengths, focus on shared interests, remove obstacles and work together to seize the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and meet our people's aspirations for a better life. Let us all join hands to intensify global cooperation and firmly uphold multilateralism. Together, let us build a better and more prosperous world.

The Munich Security Conference this year is themed with promoting international cooperation and multilateralism and attended by heads of state, government officials, ministerial officials and principals of international organizations of over 100 countries.

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