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UPDATED: 08:16, June 16, 2004
Chinese vice president meets foreign delegates to int'l seminar
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Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong met in Beijing Tuesday with foreign delegates to the International Seminar on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

The delegates include former Indian President Kocheril Raman Narayanan, former Australian Prime Minister Robert James Lee Hawke, former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former US StateSecretary Henry Kissinger, former Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity Amara Essy, former Pakistani ForeignMinister Haji Agha Shahi and a former minister of the Cabinet of Myanmar David Abel.

Zeng said that the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence were advocated by China, India and Myanmar half century ago. They have since been accepted by many countries throughout the world in handling international relations.

In the past five decades, Zeng said, the five principles played an important role in world affairs and therefore exhibited vitality.

As the world situation changes right now, Zeng said, the five principles are still significant in pushing forward the process of multi-polarization and democratization of international relations as well as a just and reasonable world order.

Zeng said China always handles nation-to-nation relations on the basis of the five principles.

He said China will continue promoting the five principles and make them more useful in realizing world peace and social prosperity.

Narayanan and other delegates said that the five principles are now guiding principles of international relations. It's significant to organize such kind of international seminar at this particular time, they said.

Source: Xinhua

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