Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions on China's foreign policy and foreign relations at a press conference for the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2017. (Xinhua/Cui Xinyu)
Leaders of more than 20 countries will attend a high-level Belt and Road Initiative forum in Beijing in May, joining more than 50 leaders of international organizations, 100 ministerial representatives and a total of 1,200 guests across the world.
The initiative not only belongs to China, it also belongs to the world. The benefit of the initiative will be shared by the whole world. It has become the most popular international public product and the best international cooperation forum by far since President Xi Jinping proposed it over three years ago.
Facing the rising protectionism and unilateralism, the Belt and Road Initiative is a common cause that requires all countries to roll up their sleeves, which will push the world economy to achieve a rebalance in an inclusive way that will benefit all. And it will become an important practice to build a human community with shared destiny.
There is no reason why China and the US couldn't become excellent partners, as long as we act on the consensus reached by our presidents, follow the principles of no-conflict, no-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
A Chinese saying goes that "when turning 30, one should be able to stand firm; when entering 40, one should no longer have any doubts". We hope China and the US can truly rise above the old ideas, open up new horizons and build a more robust and mature relationship as it turns 40, so that we can put the minds of our two peoples and the whole world at ease.
It’s like two accelerating trains coming towards each other with neither side willing to give way. Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision? The priority is to flash the red light and apply the brakes.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) may suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises. This will help the parties to break out of the security dilemma and return to the negotiating table. We may follow the dual-track approach of denuclearizing the peninsula on the one hand and establishing a peace mechanism on the other.
The China-Russia-US relationship in the new era should not be a seesaw game, and the three countries should work with each other rather than against each other. We should pursue win-win rather than zero-sum outcomes.
We believe that the three countries can develop a healthy and positive relationship so that they can jointly fulfill their responsibilities for world peace and development.
There is no basis in the international law for the Taiwan region to establish or maintain the so-called diplomatic relations with any country since such relations have no legitimacy and future. "The Taiwan authorities should clearly recognize this major trend: no one and no force can block the eventual and complete reunification of China.
Deploying THAAD is a wrong move. This is not the way for neighbors to treat each other. It may very well make the ROK less secure.
China strongly advised the ROK to halt the deployment of THAAD and not stray any farther down the wrong path, "otherwise the ROK will only end up hurting themselves and others.
China and Africa have a shared future with a relationship of mutual help as two brothers. Regardless of the international situation, there will be no weakening in China's support for Africa.
Over the past year, tides have risen and fallen and the South China Sea has returned to calm. I would go further than saying it has come down somewhat, and say the situation has come down visibly. This is result of joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries and is welcoming news for the region and the world.
While some people in the world believe in Alfred Mahan’s theory of controlling the seas, the Chinese people prefer the approach taken by Zheng He and value maritime cooperation. In the 21st century, we would like to see more maritime cooperation and greater trust between parties. Even between China and the United States, if we change our mindset, and the vast oceans may become a broad stage for our cooperation.
The turnaround in China-Philippines relations has scattered the doubt clouds over China-ASEAN relations. Last year marks the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue relations, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s founding. The silver anniversary and the golden anniversary are especially auspicious for regional cooperation. We must seize the opportunities. China will support the Philippines in fulfilling its responsibilities as the ASEAN chair and we will help ASEAN build its community.
The new media have built a two-way bridge between the foreign ministry and the general public. It has made China’s diplomacy more down to earth and better understood by our people.
Serving the people is a binding goal of China’s diplomacy. Going forward, we will make greater use of new media to set up more antennas to pick up public opinion, operate more “through trains” to provide direct service for the people, and offer more lifelines of consular support.