BEIJING―Against the backdrop of a sluggish global economic recovery and regional conflicts, President Xi Jinping on Wednesday declared that China will pursue its fundamental foreign policy goal of preserving world peace and promoting common development.
“China remains firm in its commitment to strengthening friendship and cooperation with other countries,” Xi told 2,280 delegates at the Great Hall of the People here.
Speaking before the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, where he is secretary general, Xi called on the people of all countries to work together to attain peace and development.
He said global peace and development remained “irreversible trends” despite what the world was undergoing.
“And yet, as a world we face growing uncertainties and destabilizing factors,” Xi said. “Global economic growth lacks energy, the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen; hot issues arise often in some regions and unconventional security threats continue to spread.”
Despite the growing protectionism in some countries and the apparent withdrawal of the United States from international economic cooperation, the Xi vowed to continue his economic reforms and opening-up policy.
He said China and the people of all countries should work together to build a community with a shared future, to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.
“We should respect each other, discuss issues as equals, resolutely reject the Cold-War mentality and power politics, and take a new approach to developing state-to-state relations with communication, not confrontation and partnership, not alliance,” Xi said.
He also called on foreign governments to forge coordinated responses to traditional and non-traditional threats and opposition to terrorism.
“We should commit to settling disputes through dialogue and resolving differences through discussion, coordinate responses to traditional and non-traditional threats and oppose terrorism in all its forms,” Xi said.
“China remains firm in pursuing an independent foreign policy of peace. We respect the right of the people of all countries to choose their own development path.”