Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi: “China advocates an equal and orderly multi-polar world”

9:40 09.03.2024 •

Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference in Beijing, March 7, 2024.
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Foreign Minister Wang Yi, also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, answers questions about the country's foreign policy and diplomatic relations at a press conference on Thursday during the the second session of the 14th National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

Here are some highlights:

  • China to firmly be force for peace, stability, progress.
  • Faced with the complex and volatile international environment, China will firmly be a force for peace, stability and progress in the world, Wang Yi said.
  • Currently, the world landscape is undergoing profound changes, and human society is facing multiple challenges, Wang said.
  • China will stand firmly on the right side of history and on the side of human progress, Wang said.
  • Dedicated to peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, China will strive to safeguard world peace and development as it pursues its own development, and it will make greater contributions to world peace and development through its own development, he noted.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi lashed out at Washington's persistent misperception of and suppression against China while endorsing the latest progress seen in the bilateral ties.

He made the comments at a news conference in Beijing on the sidelines of the annual session of China's top legislature.

"We have seen that some progress has indeed been made in improving China-US relations since the summit in San Francisco, which is fully in line with the aspirations and interests of the two countries and the people of the world," Wang said.

However, "the US side's misperception of China still continues, and the promises made by the US side have not been faithfully honored", he said.

The US tactics of suppressing China are being constantly updated, the list of unilateral sanctions is being lengthened, and the allegations against China are ludicrous, he added.

Wang emphasized that "the challenge for the US comes from itself, not from China".

He added, "If the US is obsessed with suppressing China, it will eventually harm itself."

Wang raised four questions:

- “If the US says one thing and does another, where is its credibility as a major country?

- “If it gets jittery whenever it hears the word 'China', where is its confidence as a major country?" he asked.

- “If it only wants itself to prosper but denies other countries' legitimate development, where is international fairness?

- “If it persistently monopolizes the high end of the value chain and keeps China at the low end, where is fairness in competition?”

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China and Russia have forged a new paradigm of major country relations that differs from the obsolete Cold War approach, and strive for lasting good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation on the basis of non-alliance, non-confrontation and are not targeting any third party, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Major countries should not seek confrontation, and the Cold War should not be allowed to come back, he said.

Russia's natural gas is powering numerous Chinese households, and Chinese-made automobiles are running on Russian roads, proving the strong resilience and broad prospects of China-Russia mutually beneficial cooperation, Wang said.

Maintaining and growing the China-Russia relationship is a strategic choice by the two sides based on the fundamental interests of the two peoples, he said, adding that it is also a must-do to keep pace with the trend of the world.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia diplomatic relations and two sides will also jointly launch the China-Russia Year of Culture.

Beijing is ready to work with Moscow to foster new driving forces of cooperation and steadily enhance the foundation of friendship between two peoples, Wang said.

China supports the holding of an international peace conference that is recognized by both Russia and Ukraine and ensures the equal participation of all parties and fair discussions on all peace plans, he said, hoping the early restoration of peace and stability on the European continent and China will continue to play a constructive role in this regard.

Wang said he believed that as long as all parties adhere to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and as long as they properly resolve their reasonable relationships, Europe can truly establish a balanced, effective, and sustainable security framework.

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China advocates an equal and orderly multi-polar world, and promotes inclusive economic globalization that benefits all, said Wang Yi.

Wang said certain or a few powers should not monopolize international affairs, and countries should not be categorized according to their "strength."

"Those with the bigger fist should not have the final say. And it is definitely unacceptable that certain countries must be at the table while some others can only be on the menu," he said.

It's "a tragedy for humanity and a disgrace for civilization" that the humanitarian disaster caused by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict fails to end, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, urging the international community to act for an immediate ceasefire.

Noting China will continue to strive for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity, Wang said the bottom line is also quite clear that China will never allow Taiwan to be separated from the motherland.

Despite the turbulence in the world, peace and stability in South China Sea have been maintained thanks to the collective efforts of China and ASEAN members, which does not come by easily and should be cherished, he told the news conference.

Wang Yi warned against practices of "building a small yard with high fence" in artificial intelligence, saying that doing so would be a new historic mistake that hinders the technological development of various nations.


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