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China adheres to peaceful development (2)

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16:55, September 29, 2011

Furthermore, the Chinese government has invited the newly elected Philippine President Benigno Aquino to visit China and conducted mufti-level exchanges with the Vietnamese government in order to build up mutual understanding and trust between the two countries. Not long ago, China hosted the International Workshop on Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea, which promoted the exchanges among the academic circles of China and other related countries on the South China Sea issue and showed China's willingness to boost cooperation in the South China Sea and to turn it into a sea of peace, friendship, and cooperation.

In 2011, hot regional issues, including the Sudan issue, the Iran nuclear issue and the DPRK nuclear issue, have eased to different extents, and behind it, China actively made a lot of efforts and played an important promoting role. China always tried to make peace and promote negotiations to push forward the peace process between Sudan and South Sudan and solve the Darfur issue properly; always insists on bilateral talks and negotiations and applies itself to a peaceful solution of the Iran nuclear issue; always calls on solving the Korean Peninsula issue by talks and negotiations and tries hard to restart the Six-Party Talks, realize the denuclearization of the peninsula and safeguard the peace and stability of the North-East Asia. Recently, China also held an international seminar commemorating the sixth anniversary of the publication of the Sept. 19 Joint Declaration, trying to promote relevant parties to return to the track of the declaration.

The year 2011 is a year when many massive natural disasters frequently occurred. After a rarely seen combined disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear leakage occurred in Japan, China sent a rescue team and provided relief supplies worth 30 million yuan and 20,000 tons of fuel to Japan immediately. When the eastern part of Africa was suffering from a severe famine caused by the harshest drought of the past 60 years, China provided urgent food aid and cash aid of 440 million yuan to countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti. When Pakistan was suffering from a severe flood disaster, China also urgently provided humanitarian aid of 30 million yuan.

China's diplomatic practices in 2011 proved an undeniable fact once again that China firmly adheres to the peaceful development road. Peaceful development is not a slogan or empty words or a temporary strategy of China but a strategic choice, fundamental state policy and practical action of China. It will not only benefit China but also help promote the peace and prosperity of the world. No matter how the international situation changes, China will always hold high the flag of peace, development and cooperation, insist on the foreign policy principle of safeguarding the world peace and promoting the common development, pursue independent and peaceful foreign policies and walk on the peaceful development road firmly, consistently and unshakably.

The 21st century is a century of peace, development and cooperation, and peaceful development is a requirement of the times. Not only should China stick to peaceful development but also all countries of the world should promise, choose and fulfill it. We all should discard the improper zero-sum game rules, dangerous mentalities of hot war and Cold War and old roads that have lead the human to confrontation and war many times and instead should join forces and make efforts together to carve out a bright road for the peaceful development of human society.

<i>The author is the director of the Department of Policy Planning under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.</i>

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