Diplomatic skills boost China's global role

Updated 2017-10-22 09:01:55 China Daily
Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 18, 2017.  (Xinhua/Ju Peng) )

Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 18, 2017. (Xinhua/Ju Peng) )

Developments in the past five years have seen the country move center stage in world affairs.

Among the new diplomatic concepts, thoughts and strategies put forward by President Xi Jinping, the idea of building a community of a shared future for mankind is a key contribution. [Special coverage]

The concept has become the theme of a major chapter that Xi addressed in the keynote report he delivered at the all-important 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China earlier this week.

"We call on the people of all countries to work together to build a community with a shared future for mankind, to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity," Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, told the more than 2,000 delegates.

He added that China will continue to play its part as a major and responsible country, take an active part in reforming and developing the global governance system, and keep contributing Chinese wisdom and strength to global governance.

Xi used a vivid description of how the international community can use its combined efforts to tackle a range of problems.

The comments built upon Xi's keynote speech at the United Nations in Geneva in January, when he spoke of China's approach to solving problems.

"When I first got a Swiss Army knife, I was amazed that it had so many functions. I cannot help thinking how wonderful it would be if an exquisite Swiss Army knife could be made for our world," he told the audience in Switzerland.

"When there is a problem, we can use one of the tools on the knife to fix it. I believe that with the unremitting efforts of the international community, such a knife can be made," he added, calling for joint efforts to build a "community of shared future for mankind", something he had first mentioned at a September 2015 UN summit in New York, where he proposed a road map for building the proposed community.

A month later, Xi's concept was incorporated in a UN Security Council resolution for the first time.

This sort of proposal embodies Xi's and China's diplomatic framework during the past five years which has offered Chinese solutions to global challenges.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, the country's diplomatic efforts have borne fruit, boosted by Xi's innovative notions, including the Belt and Road Initiative, which will build a trading infrastructure and networks around the globe.

In his 2014 New Year address, Xi said the Chinese people seek to realize the Chinese Dream-the great revitalization of the nation-and also want to see the dreams of people around the world come true.

"More than 7 billion people inhabit the planet. We in the same boat should keep watch and help each other to achieve common development," he said.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the president has stressed that China must pursue "major-country diplomacy" with its own characteristics, which "must illustrate salient Chinese features, a Chinese style and Chinese confidence".

"In a different way to traditional major countries, China is striding toward the center of the world stage with more confidence and openness. While building an external environment conducive to its own development, it is also making increasingly significant contributions to world peace and development, as well as the prosperity and advancement of all humankind," Wang said in a documentary aired by China Central Television in September.

Ruan Zongze, executive vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said that the pursuit of major-country diplomacy meets the demands of both China and the world, as the Chinese and global economies now rely upon each other to an unprecedentedly high level.

"The international community expects that China, as the world's second-largest economy, can raise solutions to major global issues, and at the same time also needs to boost interaction with the world," he said.

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