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China adheres to peaceful development

By Le Yucheng (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:53, September 29, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The Chinese government has released the White Paper titled "China's Peaceful Development" at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century in which it firmly declared to the world that China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.

As Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said, China's path of peaceful development has become a strong commitment of the Communist Party of China, the government and the Chinese people. Despite the great unrest, adjustments and transformations in the world since the beginning of 2011, China has shown a clear and sincere attitude and determination to firmly practice the idea of peaceful development and has persistently explored a path of peaceful rise as a major power.

Given the severe challenges posed by the continued spread of the international financial crisis and continual deterioration of China's external economic environment, China has striven to handle its own affairs well, maintained domestic stability and achieved healthy and rapid economic development through further reform and opening-up. During the first half, China's GDP increased by around 10 percent and its imports surged by 27 percent, which has provided indispensable confidence, energy and dynamics to help the world get through difficulties and maintain growth.

Meanwhile, China has tried its best to offer assistance to other countries in order to work with them to overcome difficulties. China has actively conducted related dialogues and cooperation, participated in multilateral consultations under the G20 framework, promoted each country to strengthen the adjustments to macro policies, and improved global economic and financial governance.

China has striven to conduct pragmatic bilateral cooperation and helped the countries exposed to the crisis stimulate their economic growth and employment. China and the United States signed 40 billion U.S. dollars worth of economic and trade agreements during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United State in early 2011, which has alone created 250,000 job opportunities for the United States. Given the continuous deterioration of the European debt crisis, China has actively offered assistance by buying a certain amount of European sovereign debt and continuing to expand imports from Europe.

China's imports from the European Union were up by about 28 percent to 138 billion U.S. dollars in the first eight months of 2011 and its non-financial direct investments in the union were almost doubled to 860 million U.S. dollars.

Chinese enterprises, such as Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, SANY and Geely, have made remarkable progress in their investments in countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden and played positive roles in advancing local economic developments and increasing job opportunities, becoming a highlight amid the shadow of the European debt crisis.

Since the beginning of the wave of political turmoil in West Asia and North Africa, China has adhered to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, shown great respect and supported the sovereignty of related countries and the wishes of local residents, provided timely humanitarian aid to troubled countries, and made unremitting efforts to pacify the situation in the region.

As for Libya, which witnessed the most intense conflict and most complex situation, China has shown consistent respect for the will and choice of the Libyan people and recognized the National Transitional Council as the representative of the Libyan people in hopes that the country can quickly stabilize and start economic reconstruction under the NTC's leadership.

When the South China Sea issue came into the international spotlight earlier this year, a few countries took the opportunity to make waves and expected to harm China's interests through little tricks. Although the South China Sea issue has a direct bearing on China's interests and the Chinese people's feelings, the Chinese government did not resort to verbal abuse or military power. Instead, it attached great importance to the regional stability and peace as well as the people’s welfare and made great efforts to reduce tension and resolve disputes in accordance with the principle of building friendly relationships and partnerships with neighboring countries.

At the ASEAN Regional Forum in Bali, Indonesia, China's foreign minister worked with his counterparts of the ASEAN countries to develop a set of guidelines for implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, which effectively prevented the escalation of the South China Sea issue.

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West knows China likes to develop in peaceful environment. West knows by not giving peace to China, China will not rise as fast. China should not show its card!

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