China's peaceful, confident role

16:02, March 15, 2011      

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China is increasingly self-confident and peaceful in foreign affairs, and China has the ability to deal with all kinds of issues. Such praise can often be heard in interviews of foreigners in recent years.

The huge success of the Beijing Olympic Games and the Shanghai World Expo, the positive attitude in coping with the international financial crisis together with the world and the smooth withdrawal of Chinese citizens from Libya are wonderful interpretations of China's ability.

It is said that self-improvement is the essential way to good-neighborliness. The rise of China's power and the enhancement of China's international influence are the cornerstones for China's diplomacy. The fact shows that a confident and peaceful China can make greater contributions to promote the development of the world and to human progress.

In wake of the international financial crisis, China made vigorous efforts to turn the situation and spread confidence worldwide. China's self-confidence played an important role in curbing the spread of the financial crisis and promoting the recovery of the world economy.

When European countries sunk into a sovereign debt crisis, China restored market confidence by buying their national bonds. China's self-confidence made contributions within its ability to help the European countries get out of the crisis.

When developing countries were in unfavorable situations, China provided them with sincere help. More than 2,200 kilometers of railways and about 3,400 kilometers of roads built by China in Africa are simple proof. China's confidence has not only influenced developing countries but also helped them to enhance their self-development capacities.

Outside speculation has emerged as China is growing more confident. Some have wondered whether China's diplomatic policy will become "tougher," whether China will change its policy of keeping a low profile that to which it has long adhered, or whether China will seek a new diplomatic orientation.

It is reasonably difficult for some people to accept the fact that a county that had remained impoverished and backwards for so long could become the world's second largest economy within such a short period and confidently enter the center of the world arena.

In the eyes of some people, competition mostly means the law of the jungle and severe collisions in terms of strategy. Some powers have even concluded based on their own experience that China will inevitably seek hegemony after it becomes a great power. Some countries still observe the world using the cold-war mentality and habitually set opponents.

But competition will not necessarily lead to confrontations in today's world. The key lies in whether the countries can have an open and tolerant attitude to the competition, allowing each country to unleash their individual advantages through competition. Cooperation is not equal to collective actions, and the key lies in whether a country can put itself into other countries' shoes and respect their different situations and policy choices.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, Chinese leaders have reiterated that China will never seek hegemony, and the core of China's foreign policy will always be adherence to the road of peaceful development.

China has not abandoned its basic principles in handling international affairs although it is more confident today. While fully safeguarding its national dignity and core interests, China is also making its best efforts to keep friendly relations with neighboring countries, to cooperate with strategic partners, to properly resolve territorial disputes through dialogue and negotiations, and to promote regional and world peace and stability.

China's principle in participating in global governance is active integration instead of creating a separate framework, equal treatment for one another instead of bullying the weak, and win-win cooperation instead of making gains at others' expense.

With the entire world as its witness, China is walking confidently and steadily to the center of the international stage.

By People's Daily Online

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