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China strives for world peace, common development, says white paper

(Xinhua)

15:58, September 06, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's foreign policy aims to uphold world peace and promote common development, said a white paper issued Tuesday.

"China advocates the building of a harmonious world of durable peace and common prosperity and works with other countries in pursuing this goal," said the white paper titled as "China's Peaceful Development."

The white paper said that it is both a long-term objective and a current task to China and named some necessary efforts to build a harmonious world.

Politically, countries should respect each other and treat each other as equals, and work together to promote democracy in international relations, it said.

"All the countries in the world, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community and should receive due respect of the international community," it said.

The white paper urged all countries to safeguard the UN's core role in handling global affairs, adhere to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, abide by international law and the generally-accepted principles governing international relations, and promote democracy, harmony, coordination and win-win spirit in international relations.

"The internal affairs of a country should be decided by its own people, international affairs should be decided by all countries through consultation on an equal footing, and every country' s right to equally participate in international affairs should be respected and upheld," it said.

Economically, countries should cooperate with each other, draw on each other's strengths and make economic globalization a balanced and win-win process that benefits all countries, said the white paper.

It urged all countries to establish an international multilateral trading system that is fair, open, equitable and nondiscriminatory so that the benefit of economic globalization will cover all countries.

"All countries should work together to fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals and enable everyone to enjoy the benefit of development in the 21st century," it said.

On the cultural sphere, the white paper said countries should draw on each other's strengths, seek common ground while putting aside differences, respect the diversity of the world, and promote progress in human civilization.

"Dialogues and exchanges among civilizations should be encouraged to do away with ideological prejudice and distrust, and make human society more harmonious and the world more colorful," it said.

In terms of security, the white paper called on all countries to trust each other and strengthen cooperation, settle international disputes and conflicts peacefully rather than resorting to war and jointly safeguard world peace and stability.

"Consultation and dialogue should be carried out to enhance mutual trust, reduce differences and settle disputes. Use or threat of use of military force should be avoided," it said.

On the environmental issue, the white paper said all countries should "help each other and make concerted efforts to better protect our only home -- the Earth."

It asked all countries to develop new modes of development, take the path of sustainable development and promote the harmonious development of man and nature.

"We should follow the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and enhance international cooperation in environmental protection and in addressing climate change," it said.

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