Sep 29, 2019, 2:41 PM
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China ‘never seeks hegemony’

Tehran, Sept 29, IRNA/ Global Times - China will never pursue hegemony or seek expansion, and will remain committed to the basic principles of "sovereign equality and non-interference in other countries' internal affairs", said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang delivered a speech on Friday at the General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, which covered a wide range of issues, including development, protectionism, unilateralism, global peace, justice, and climate change, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.

"During the previous 70 years, we Chinese have changed our destiny through tireless efforts," Wang said, noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

On the diplomatic front, China has traversed tests and challenges and "has remained true to our original purpose", he said.

China is guided by the principle of independence, believes in equality among nations, stands for justice and pursues mutually beneficial cooperation, noted the top diplomat.

China will insist on seeking an independent foreign policy of peace, Wang said, adding that peaceful development is the cornerstone of China's foreign policy. "We will neither submit ourselves to others nor coerce others into submission." 

The global interaction comes at a time when the world needs to take a more precise and objective view on China, thanks to the increased influence of the country, Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations at China's Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times on Saturday.

Wang's speech showed that China's growth will bring opportunities to other countries as it firmly believes in peaceful development and aims to pursue reciprocal cooperation with the world, Li said.

The world today is not a peaceful place, as unilateralism and protectionism pose major threats to the international order, Wang said, underscoring China's readiness to work with other parties to fulfill its responsibilities as a major country to uphold global peace and justice.

"As challenges arise across the world, amid the US-initiated trade war with China, China is expected to insist on its opening-up policy and further promote liberalization of trade and investment," said Zhao Jinping, an expert from the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Protectionism and economic nationalism are not in the interests of most countries and often bring fiercer disputes and conflicts, experts said, noting that the world needs to enhance joint efforts to uphold multilateralism and advance globalization.


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