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No storm can shake China’s composure

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

16:25, April 20, 2012

Chinese soldiers extend the Chinese national flag on an isle in South China Sea. (File Photo/ Xinhua)

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The Philippines recently took a series of irresponsible actions in the waters around the Huangyan Island, which is an inherent part of China’s territory. Its irresponsible move affected the peace and tranquility in the waters, and could threaten China’s diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.

China’s foreign policy toward neighboring countries features the creation of an amicable, secure, and prosperous neighborhood. This is neither a high-sounding statement nor a temporary policy. Creating a harmonious and peaceful neighborhood and seeking common development with neighboring countries is a natural choice for peacefully rising China, and is also one of the country’s long-term goals.

China has won the respect and understanding of most neighboring countries for its ability to control itself in the face of severe challenges or complex situations. By exercising self-control, the country has carried out fruitful cooperation with more and more countries and regions, and helped people grasp the role of a rapidly rising power in the international arena.

The Huangyan Island dispute once again highlights the complexity of China's relations with neighboring countries. With an unhealthy mindset, certain neighbors have deliberately provoked disputes with China, and have been so naive to think that they can take advantage of external forces to encroach on China’s core interests. They must have misinterpreted China’s foreign policy toward neighboring countries.

The Huangyan Island is an inherent part of China’s territory, and China's sovereignty over the island has full legal basis. Safeguarding territorial sovereignty is a sacred mission of Chinese diplomacy, and even the slightest violation of the country’s sovereignty will not be tolerated.

Great national strength is neither China’s fault nor the weak link of Chinese diplomacy. Any country that carries out vexatious acts is doomed to be hit hard no matter if it is weak, no matter how pitiful it pretends to be. In the Huangyan Island dispute, there is no such thing as the strong bullying the weak. China’s determination to defend its territorial sovereignty will not be hindered by the “China threat theory.”

China has adopted a responsible foreign policy as it has exercised self-control in complex situations, advocated dispute settlement through negotiations, and made a determined effort to maintain friendly relations with its neighbors.


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Peter Ekström at 2012-05-0495.206.57.*
the long term goal of mutual respect and cooperation is a very wise goal and should be use by all goverments. all humans live on this planet and global cooperation based on mutual respect and pragmatism and peaceful solutions to all those conflicts that will always arise in the global family of the planet is the best and most rational goal for all parties. this pure and healthy mindset should be used by all the responsible parties in the dialogue between the wise men and women. and mutual respects means national sovereinity base on legal document.
sasimann at 2012-04-29122.178.181.*
China should ponder why it has a border dispute with almost all its neighbours except Pakistan[whose jehadis are however creating trouble near POK]China being the bigger country should be generous in settling land disputes with its neighbours who are diverting money for arms,if there are no disputes with China maybe this money would be used for buying Chinese products.
PD User at 2012-04-2766.159.221.*
Make the mistake of making the first move and the US and its allies will nuke the shit out of you in the face of this world.
PD User at 2012-04-25117.63.142.*
China can give a death toll to the small countries .China must strengthen his sea force
Chinhomiah at 2012-04-2527.104.8.*
The pathetic leaders of the Philippines think that they have the makings of Churchill, Metternich or Castlereigh. They should reflect on their own limitations and that of their country. This would include its puny military and overall poverty. Some would argue that the country is truly the basket case of Southeast Asia. It has a population too large to sustain on its own resources. The 2008 food crisis saw riots in the streets of Manila. In the past few years, it has become from a net exporter to a net importer of rice. It is unable to give jobs to its people, many of whom are forced to work overseas. It would be better if the leaders of the country reflect on their priorities rather than lend themselves to the promotion of America"s agenda in this part of the world. Instead of cooperating with China and benefitting from the widest possible trade, investment and tourism that China has to offer, the Philippines chooses to be a party to America"s grand plan of containing and hemming China in.

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