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Wang Yi Recapitulates China's Foreign Policy in 2018 with Several Words and Phrases

2018-12-11

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

Wang Yi said, over the past year, following the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core and under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, we in the foreign service have worked proactively with a clear focus and a cool head to fully implement the guiding principles and strategic decisions of the 19th Party Congress. We opened new prospects, broke new grounds and achieved new progress. I would like to recapitulate China's foreign policy in 2018 with the following words and phrases:

The first keyword is openness. Contributing to China's wider opening-up has been an overarching theme of China's diplomacy in 2018. This year marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. China is determined to further open up while deepening reforms. Facing the headwinds of protectionism, unilateralism and acts of bullyism, China has remained a staunch supporter for globalization, for multilateralism, and for the free trade system. From hosting multilateral events to attending international conferences in 2018, China conveyed a clear, consistent message of its commitment to wider opening-up by outlining new policies and concrete measures, thus standing firm on the right side of history.

The second keyword is cooperation. Win-win cooperation is the brightest highlight of China's foreign policy in 2018. The joint undertaking of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) entered a new phase this year, and had been deepened and enriched. The BRI spirit was incorporated into the outcome documents of important international institutions, and is increasingly becoming a consensus for international cooperation. Notable progress has been made on a large number of priority projects. South-South cooperation was elevated to a new level.

The third key phrase is steady progress, which is the goal of China's foreign policy in 2018. With a cool head and a proactive approach amid regional and global complexities, we have maintained overall stability of our relations with the major countries, and achieved all-round improvement and growth of our relations with neighboring countries.

The fourth key phrase is standing at the forefront of our times. This reflects China's concern for the common good of humanity in 2018. 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.

The fifth keyword is mission. A strong sense of mission is the driving force of China's foreign policy in 2018. This year has seen a major turnaround of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The turnaround, which is the result of the concerted efforts of the relevant parties, is what China has been calling for. On the Iranian nuclear issue, China stands firmly by international law and the greater good. In a word, China will continue to work with all interested parties and meet its responsibility for world peace and international justice.

The sixth keyword is steadfastness. Safeguarding national interests in a steadfast way is the abiding mission of China's foreign policy in 2018. We are resolved to uphold our country's sovereignty and security which are China's core interests, further cementing the international support for the one-China principle. We firmly opposed foreign intervention in Hong Kong and Macao affairs, vigorously engaged in diplomacy on issues relating to Tibet and Xinjiang, and strengthened international counter-terrorism, law enforcement and security cooperation. We fulfilled our central task of serving national economic and social development, and facilitated more sub-national cooperation and the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. We are also working on legislation concerning consular protection and assistance.

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