China’s foreign policies under limelight amid rising influence


By Zhang Mengxu, People’s Daily News

With more engagement from China in global governance, its foreign policies are under the limelight as the country’s lawmakers examine its development course in the following two weeks.

As the diplomatic ideas proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in these years have invigorated the country’s diplomatic image, China now shoulders more international responsibilities by playing an unprecedented active role in global stage.

Not long ago, China hosted the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Shanghai. With China’s endeavors, consensus was reached during the meeting.

Six months later, the 11th G20 Summit will be held in Hangzhou, in Southern China. The summit is also regarded as a platform to showcase China’s leading role in global economic governance.

In the last three years, Xi has set foot in all the continents, extending China’s partners to every corner of the world. China’s global partnership network, therefore, has taken its initial shape.

During these visits, the president upgraded China’s relations with Russia, the US and the EU, and consolidated China’s traditional friendship with developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as well.

He also comprehensively expounded approaches to build a community of common destiny of all mankind by promoting economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress on the United Nations Forum summit.

In addition, China, in the past years, hosted APEC meetings, initiated the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, included the yuan into the SDR basket and began the official operation of the China-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Its engagement in global economic governance is seen as a reflection of the foresight and initiative of the country’s foreign policy.

Those achievements also indicate an increasing influence of its diplomacy that puts more emphasis on consultation and sharing.

Given its rising influence, China is launching more win-win cooperation with other countries while defending its legitimate national interests. As a result, more countries have expressed wishes to ride on China’s development.

“I transport sea products from Vladivostok to Huichun each week, and the custom clearance is getting more and more convenient, ” Lapkin, a staff member of a Russian logistics company told People’s Daily.

“Openness brings development, and development calls for openness. It is an inevitable choice for an open China to bear globe in mind when making plans,” said Ye Xiaowen, senior advisor from China Strategic Culture Promotion Association.

“The difference between China and western countries is that, China focuses more on what Africa needs instead of its own interests,” Kenyan President Uhru Kenyatta explained the reasons why so many countries take China as partner.

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors pose for a photo during a recent meeting in Shanghai. It was the first time for China to host such a meeting since becoming host country of the 2016 G20 Summit. (Photo from the official website of the 2016 G20 Summit)



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