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Wang Yi: The Principle of Non-interference in Internal Affairs Provides Developing Countries with Greater Safeguards

On the evening of August 6, 2021, while attending the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the 28th ASEAN Regional Forum, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that non-interference in internal affairs is an important principle of the UN Charter and a basic norm governing international relations and that it fully embodies the essence of practicing multilateralism, and what's more important, helps developing countries safeguard their sovereignty, independence and legitimate rights. All countries are equal and can strengthen exchanges and enhance understanding in the spirit of mutual respect, but they should not impose their likes and dislikes on others, and they should not wantonly meddle in the internal affairs of other countries or even seek their selfish geopolitical agenda under the guise of democracy and human rights. Most countries in East Asia have a common past of being bullied by foreign powers. However, in the present era, there should be no more "lecturers" or "saviors". The destiny of each country should lie in the hands of these countries themselves, and the future of the region should be jointly created by all countries in the region.

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