China to further contribute to the world

09:43, May 18, 2010      

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"China's responsibility to the world" has recently become a hot topic in the world. Some politicians and media groups in developed countries have asked China to make greater contributions in solving global problems such as climatic change and the rebalance of the world economy, as did those in certain developing countries. This reflects China's growing strength and the world's rising expectations of China, but it also gives people a misleading impression that China has not shouldered or is unwilling to shoulder international responsibility.

In fact, China has long spared no efforts to shoulder international responsibility and make contributions to the world's development. The country's constitution also states that education in internationalism should always be strengthened. As early as 1956, Mao Zedong said, "China should make greater contributions to the good of all mankind." China has shouldered increasingly more responsibility in global affairs since its founding in 1949.

For decades, China has selflessly sent considerable overseas assistance even when the country itself was not rich. China has altogether dispatched more than 10,000 people to join UN peacekeeping forces, the most among the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States). China is the world's only nuclear country that has publicly declared its commitment to no-first-use of nuclear weapons. China also promised not to devalue the RMB during the Asian financial crisis in 1997, playing a decisive role in helping other Asian countries survive the crisis.

Moreover, China has also played an important role in pulling the whole world out of the severe global financial crisis in 2008. Haiti has no diplomatic relations with China, but China sent rescue and medical teams immediately after a powerful earthquake hit Haiti. There are still lots of similar examples which show that China has undoubtedly made significant contributions to world peace and development.
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