Top Chinese political adviser pledges peaceful development

21:29, November 10, 2010      

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China's top political adviser, Jia Qinglin, on Wednesday said China would continue its reach for peaceful development and pledged China's efforts to boost friendliness with its neighbors.

"China will keep to the path of peaceful development and actively participate in international cooperation," Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said during a speech at Eurasian University in Astana.

China poses no threat to anyone, nor does it hurt anyone's interests, Jia said. The allegation, he said, that a country is bound to seek hegemony once it grows strong will never apply to China.

"China has been pursuing peace, development and win-win results through cooperation," Jia said, "It strives for a peaceful international environment for its own development. Similarly, it promotes world peace through its own development."

Meanwhile, China will continue its policy of good neighborliness and also make itself a close friend and strong partner for all of its neighboring countries, Jia said.

China's policy of good neighborliness is an inevitable option based on its historical and cultural tradition. Since ancient times, Chinese thinkers have stressed the importance of good ties with all neighbors and advocated friendship and peaceful coexistence among them, Jia said.

China treasures the hard-won opportunity for peaceful development, and sincerely hopes to maintain the favorable environment of peace and stability with all its neighbors, he said.

Under no circumstance will China depart from the traditional virtue and fundamental values of seeking harmony and cherishing peace of the Chinese nation, nor will it inflict upon other sufferings it has been gone through, he added.

China's policy of good neighborliness is also a choice based on its foreign policy of peace, Jia said.

China has adhered to its good neighborliness policy and has maintained harmonious political ties with all bordering states, he said.

China, Jia said, also has continued mutually beneficial cooperation with its neighbors and promotes mutual trust and coordination in security issues. In addition, he said, China draws on anything useful from each cultural exchange with its neighbors.

Good neighborliness is part of China's practice of cooperation for win-win results, Jia said.

China has tried its best to provide assistance to its neighbors, works hard to enhance economic and trade cooperation with them and is now a major engine for regional economic growth, he said.

Jia arrived here on Tuesday for a three-day official good-will visit.

Source: Xinhua


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