Enhancing opportunities is top on China's 2019 diplomatic agenda

Qu Junya
Yan Liang
Sharing development opportunities and deepening cooperation in a bid to enhance global stability and governance are expected to feature in China's diplomatic agenda.
Qu Junya
Yan Liang

Sharing development opportunities and deepening cooperation in a bid to enhance global stability and governance are expected to feature in China’s diplomatic agenda in the year to come.

Tangled regional, international problems constantly renew changes in the global landscape. In year 2019, Chinese solutions are expected to highlight openness in broadening common interest ground and sharing growth opportunities in cooperation.

The scheduled second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China is expected to usher in a new stage of co-construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. So far, the countries along the updated ancient Silk Road trade route have seen over US$6 trillion in trade volume with China, US$80 billion in capital inflows and 240,000 additional jobs.

To lift the BRI cooperation to higher quality and level, China will make concrete preparations and conduct extensive consultations intent on putting projects into place, coordinating policies and improving related mechanism, in order to secure more consensuses and results.

The China International Import Expo is another significant move by China in building an open global economy. A lot of foreign exporters have signed up for the second CIIE after the success of the first one in November reveals that the global economy counts on China’s market potential and development dividend.

Laurie Pearcey, pro-vice-chancellor (international) at the University of New South Wales Sydney, has said a confident China would offer the world more opportunities. Liang Yabin, senior researcher with the Beijing-based think tank Pangoal Institution, said, “China advocating openness answers the international calls concerning the headwind of unilateralism or protectionism.”

The year 2019 is expected to embrace deepened, win-win cooperation between China and rest of the world in a joint effort to build a community with a shared future for mankind. Notably, the year marks the 70th anniversary of China-Russia ties and the 40th anniversary of China-US ties.

The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is expected to go further with continued high-level communication and deepened practical cooperation in various fields, contributing more to maintaining international peace, stability and justice.

Global results

At the critical juncture of China-US ties, the choice to be made by either side would produce global economic and social results. China is willing to work with the United States to enhance cooperation in the fields ranging from economic and trade, military, law enforcement, combating illicit drugs to people-to-people and cultural exchanges, as well as maintain communication and coordination on key international and regional issues, promoting relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability, with respect to vital interests.

In the opinion of Wu Xinbo, director of the Center for American Studies of the Shanghai-based Fudan University, the two countries cannot cut off their economic ties and still have potential to tap in trade cooperation. “Their coordination is necessary to the Asia-Pacific growth and stability, and globally, they can cooperate on climate change and cyber security among other issues,” he said.

In the new year, China’s cooperation with Europe is expected to focus on upholding multilateralism, improving global governance and safeguarding international rules and order. In addition, China will continue building mutual trust and expanding cooperation with its neighbors, while substantiating consensuses reached with African, Arab and Latin American countries.

On the Korean Peninsula, China will continue to support Pyongyang and Washington sustaining dialogue to achieve positive results, and work to push related parties to forward on a dual track in efforts toward denuclearization and a peace regime at an early date.

On issues like the Iran nuclear issue and the situation in Rakhine in western Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria or Palestine, China will remain an active part of the international efforts to secure progress.

Amid challenges stemming from the rising protectionism and unilateralism as well as a complex security situation with old problems intertwining with non-traditional threats, Su Changhe, professor of international relations at Fudan University, said, “The international community pins hope on Oriental wisdom and a continuous Chinese role in maintaining regional and global stability.”

In improving global governance, China will stay committed to the principle of consultation and collaboration for shared benefits, rules-based multilateralism, UN-centered international system and a process with the UN as key platform.

Among the priorities, it will help promote reforms in the World Trade Organization, implementation of the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development and an early entry into force of the Paris deal on climate change.

A confident China with a broader vision will inject new energy into the international efforts toward a better global governance and a community with a shared future for mankind.

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