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Wang Yi Talks About China's Efforts to Shape the Course of Global Governance Reform: An Important Source of Stability in a Highly Uncertain World


On December 11, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended and addressed the opening of the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2018.

Wang Yi expressed that at present, the international system has reached a crucial moment of transformation, and the world economy has arrived at a crossroads. In the face of disagreement, disillusionment and disquiet among countries, China, following the trend of the times, is working actively to forge a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind and endeavoring to make the global governance system more just and equitable. In a highly uncertain world, China has become an important source of stability.

We have looked beyond the changing landscape and made active efforts to foster a community with a shared future for mankind. This vision put forth by President Xi Jinping has won broad support from the international community. Over the past year, this vision has guided our cooperation with the rest of the world on building the Belt and Road, backed by concrete projects. The vision has been incorporated in the outcome documents of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, the SCO Qingdao Summit, the Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum as well as a number of high-level bilateral and multilateral engagements, pooling great strengths toward making this envisioned community a reality.

We stay focused in the chaotic world and solidly promote the building of a new type of international relations. Over the past one year, China has made vigorous efforts in diplomacy, developed and deepened friendly exchanges with various countries on the basis of mutual respect, fairness and justice and win-win cooperation, actively explored a new path of country-to-country relations featuring dialogue rather than confrontation and partnership instead of alliance, and guided relations between major countries to develop along the track of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, showing positive energy in the international situation full of uncertainties.

We have remained clear-eyed and made proactive efforts to shape the course of global governance reform. At the G20 Summit, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and the BRICS Summit, President Xi Jinping sent a clear message against protectionism and unilateralism. He reiterated China's firm support for the international order and system centered around the purposes of the UN Charter, the rules-based multilateral system of free trade, and the Paris Agreement and international climate action. He also encouraged more inclusiveness and win-win results in multilateral discussions. On WTO reform, one of the focal issues of global governance, China supports necessary improvement and reform to the WTO. At the same time, we believe its core values and basic principles must be upheld, and the developmental rights and interests and policy space of the developing countries must be protected.

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