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New thinking behind top leaders' diplomatic visits

(People's Daily Online)

08:26, May 23, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico from May 31 to June 6, and meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in the United States on June 7 and 8. Tom Donilon, the U.S. national security advisor to President Obama, recently came to Beijing to prepare for the Sino- U.S. summit. In early summer, Chinese foreign affairs activities are heating up.

Since China's new leadership took office in March, its diplomatic agenda has been exceptionally intensive, with frequent high-level interactions, which is a good start. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and Vice President Li Yuanchao have made overseas visits, covering countries around China, in Africa, Latin America and Europe. In early April, China successfully hosted the Boao Forum for Asia, and Beijing has become the world's most active diplomatic arena, opening arms to guests around the world. Over just two months, the Chinese diplomatic scene turns to be refreshing.

China calls for promoting equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutually beneficial cooperation in international relations and making joint efforts to uphold international fairness and justice, which is stated in the report of the 18th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

Xi Jinping said that Chinese people are patriotic, but we also have a global vision and international mind. With rising national strength, China will assume more international responsibilities and obligations within its capacity, and do greater contributions to peace and development of mankind. Such a commitment comes from endogenous motivation of China's own development. As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and the world's second largest economy, China has been increasingly interconnected with the world, and the common interests have been expanding. China's achievements have raised the world's expectation for it.

Edited and translated by Huang Beibei, People's Daily Online
Read the Chinese version: 习李出访背后的外交新思维
Source: People's Daily Overseas Edition
Author: Ruan Zongze, deputy director of the China Institute of International Studies

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