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China advocates new thinking on security, says white paper

(Xinhua)

15:58, September 06, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- China advocates a new thinking on security featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, and pursues comprehensive security, common security and cooperative security, says the white paper on China's peaceful development issued Tuesday by the Information Office of the State Council.

In terms of comprehensive security, the security issue has new dimensions as traditional and non-traditional security threats have become intertwined under the new historical conditions.

"The international community should appreciate the need of ensuring comprehensive security and adopt comprehensive measures to address security threats and their root causes and countries around the world should work together to meet various challenges to security, " says the white paper.

Regarding common security, all countries share a common stake in the era of economic globalization. The international community should heighten awareness of common security.

Countries should safeguard their own security while respecting others' security concerns. They should abandon the Cold War mentality and confrontation between different alliances, uphold common security through multilateral cooperation and work together to prevent conflicts and wars.

It is important to give full play to the UN's role in maintaining world peace and security and establish a fair and effective mechanism for upholding common security, says the white paper.

With regards to cooperative security, war and confrontation will only lead to a vicious cycle of violence begetting violence, while dialogue and negotiation are the only effective and reliable way to settle disputes. Countries should seek peace, safeguard security, settle disputes and promote harmony through cooperation, and oppose the use or threat of use of military force against one another.

"For China, the most populous developing country, to run itself well is the most important fulfillment of its international responsibility," it says.

As a responsible member of the international community, China abides by international law and the generally recognized principles governing international relations, and eagerly fulfills its international responsibility.

China has actively participated in reforming international systems, formulating international rules and addressing global issues. It supports the development of other developing countries, and works to safeguard world peace and stability, it says.

As countries vary in national conditions and are in different stages of development, they should match responsibility with rights in accordance with their national strength.

They should play a constructive role by fulfilling their due international responsibility in accordance with their own capability and on the basis of aligning their own interests with the common interests of mankind.

For its part, China will assume more international responsibility as its comprehensive strength increases.

"Promoting regional cooperation and good-neighborly relations, China actively enhances friendly cooperation with its neighbors and works with them to promote a harmonious Asia." says the white paper.

China calls on countries in the region to respect each other, increase mutual trust, seek common ground while putting aside differences, safeguard regional peace and stability, and settle disputes including those over territorial claims and maritime rights and interests through dialogue and friendly negotiation.

Countries should increase trade and mutually beneficial cooperation, promote regional economic integration, improve the current regional and sub-regional cooperative mechanisms, be open-minded to other proposals for regional cooperation, and welcome countries outside the region to play a constructive role in promoting regional peace and development, it says.

"China does not seek regional hegemony or sphere of influence, nor does it want to exclude any country from participating in regional cooperation. China's prosperity, development and long-term stability represent an opportunity rather than a threat to its neighbors," says the white paper.

China will uphold the Asian spirit of standing on its own feet, being bold in opening new ground, being open and inclusive and sharing weal and woe. It will remain a good neighbor, friend and partner of other Asian countries.

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