In the morning of April 13, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang attended the inaugural session of the Fifty-fourth Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and delivered a keynote speech at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.
Li Keqiang expressed that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference and also the 60th year of the establishment of the AALCO, a rich fruit from the Bandung Conference. The Bandung Conference established the ten principles for handling state-to-state relations and left us the valuable spiritual treasure of unity, friendship and cooperation. Over the past 60 years, Asian and African countries have strived for independence, freedom and equality and achieved their valuable national liberation and independence, and today, the whole world respects the voice and opinions from them. Over the past 60 years, Asian and African countries have tirelessly sought development, progress and prosperity and stuck to exploring the path suitable to their own national conditions, and today, Asia is among the most dynamic regions in the world, the African continent is releasing tremendous development potential and their countries are becoming important forces for global economic growth. Over the past 60 years, Asian and African countries have actively constructed international rule of law and orders, together advocated the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, enriched the basic principles of international law with the UN Charter at the core, and respected independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, playing an important role in pushing world peace and development.
Li Keqiang pointed out that in the current world, peace and development remain the dominant themes of the times, win-win cooperation is an irresistible trend and advancing international rule of law accords with the will of people. The rule of law and orders are indispensable for world peace, Asian and African progress as well as development of all countries. Under the new circumstances, Asian and African countries should continue carrying forward the Bandung spirit and together advance world peace and development as well as justice and righteousness.
First is to promote international political order in a more just and reasonable way. The post-war international order with the UN at the core should be maintained. China adheres to a peaceful development path and will work with other Asian and African countries to push forward democratization and legislation in international relations and continue playing a positive role in safeguarding and improving international order.
Second is to promote world economy in a more open and orderly way. The international community should hold high the banner of free trade, fight against protectionism, safeguard basic principles established by the World Trade Organization and the International Trade Law, as well as maintain and improve international financial system. China will integrate its Belt and Road initiative with development plans and demands of relevant countries and actively carry out international cooperation in production capacity and industrial connection so as to complement each other's advantages for common development.
Third is to endeavor to maintain global and regional peace and stability. Some regional conflicts and issues left over by history should be solved through consultation peacefully rather than by force. For some existing differences and controversial issues, we should seek the greatest common factor in the spirit of mutual understanding and accommodation thus to make the path of friendly co-existence among Asian and African people broader and more smooth.
Fourth is to jointly address global non-traditional security challenges. In face of global challenges including climate change, terrorism, cyber security, major epidemics and natural disasters, Asian and African countries should join efforts to deal with and coordinate actions. China will, together with other Asian and African countries, help each other in times of crisis and offer mutual support to tackle non-traditional security threats and challenges.
Fifth is to actively deepen exchanges and cooperation in international rule of law. Asian and African countries should actively participate in international legislation and earnestly safeguard authoritativeness and effectiveness of international law. China firmly upholds the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence and consistently acts in accordance with law. We will make greater contribution to the process of international rule of law while speeding up domestic legal construction.
Li Keqiang stressed that China supports the cause of the AALCO as always, and will fund an exchange and research program on international law between China and the AALCO to help develop the AALCO and promote cooperation in international rule of law. China will join hands with other Asian and African countries to better carry forward the tradition and spirit of rule of law, make greater contribution to international rule of law, push Asia-Africa unity and cooperation to a new level and build a happy world featuring long-lasting peace, justice, righteousness, mutual benefits and win-win results.
Danesh Yazdi, President of the 53rd Annual Session of AALCO, expressed high appreciation and gratitude for China's initiative to establish the exchange and research program on international law, and noted that the AALCO will continue making new contributions to advancing construction in international rule of law as well as promoting unity and cooperation between Asia and Africa.
In the spirit of Asian-African Conference in Bandung in 1955, the AALCO was established in 1956 as an international inter-governmental organization with an aim to push exchanges and consultation on international law issues among Asian and African countries and reflect appeals of Asian and African countries in developing the international law. Headquartered in New Delhi of India, the AALCO consists of 47 member states and 2 observer states and serves as the only exchange and cooperation platform on international law across Asian and African continents. Over 200 representatives from countries and important international organizations such as the member and observer states, the UN institutions, the International Court of Justice, and the International Law Commission attended the 54th Annual Session.