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Wang Yi: China Is Participant, Facilitator and Contributor of International Order

On June 27, 2015, while attending the fourth World Peace Forum (WPF), Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that China has always been a participant rather than a challenger, a facilitator rather than a saboteur, and a contributor rather than a so-called “free rider”, of the international order.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War as well as the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. During the past seventy years, China has played an important and constructive role in maintaining world peace and development and safeguarding and improving the post-war international system and order while being committed to its own development.

Wang Yi said that China was the first country to sign on the UN Charter, and China’s foreign policies have been imbued with the purpose and spirit of the UN Charter. China, along with India and Myanmar, proposed the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which reflect the spirit of the UN Charter, and made it the universally accepted norms of international relations. We have always adhered to peaceful settlement of disputes and rejected power politics and zero-sum game. We proactively practice a new pattern of state-to-state exchanges based on partnership instead of alliance, and propose the establishment of a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as the core. As a permanent member, China’s vote at the UN Security Council can be counted on to always be committed to promoting international fairness and justice and upholding legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and small countries. China’s veto at the Security Council has always played an important role in checking the instinct of war and resisting power politics.

Wang Yi said that China has extensively engaged in tackling global hotspot issues. China not only actively promoted the then Indo-China peace process, initiated and realized the peaceful settlement of Kampuchean Issue, established the six-party talks which aimed to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but also vigorously promotes political dialogue process of hotspot issues such as Iranian nuclear issue, Ukraine, Middle East and South Sudan now. There are more than 3,000 Chinese peacekeepers that hold fast to their positions around the world every day. China has dispatched 59 ships and warships in 20 batches to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters in an effort to safeguard nearly 6,000 Chinese and foreign ships.

Wang Yi stressed that we will not overthrow the international system and order that we ourselves had built back then, nor do we have the intention to start all over again and build a new one. Various confrontations and unfairness all over the world today are nothing but a result of failure in effective performance of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. At the same time, we are willing to work with other countries to keep abreast of the times and advance necessary reforms and improvement of the international system and order, so as to make them fairer and more reasonable and meet the wishes of most developing countries. In this process, we need to strengthen multilateralism instead of unilateralism, promote rule of law instead of the law of the jungle, and facilitate democratization instead of power politics, in international relations.

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