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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Expounds on China's Foreign Policy at the Geneva School of the Diplomacy and International Relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi delivered a speech at the Geneva School of the Diplomacy and International Relations on August 12, 2009. During the speech, Yang said no matter how the international situation may evolve, China will always stand for peace, development and cooperation, pursue an independent foreign policy of peace, and stick to its diplomatic vision of upholding world peace and promoting common development.

When elaborating on China's foreign policy, Yang said "we are committed to following the path of peaceful development, pursuing a win-win strategy of opening-up, building a harmonious world and developing friendly relations and cooperation with all countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. We have taken an active part in the international efforts to address global issues and have worked vigorously for the proper settlement of hotspot issues."

Yang said the Chinese people love peace. "Our endeavor to rejuvenate the Chinese nation is not a threat to the world. Rather, it represents an opportunity and our contribution to the world." China's development is peaceful in nature, and it will not harm or threaten anyone. China will continue to push forward regional and global development through its own development. "We will work to broaden converging interests with other countries and, while pursuing our own development, we will accommodate the legitimate concerns of others, especially those of developing countries."

Yang said China and the United States have agreed to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century, and the first meeting of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue held last month produced important common understanding between the two sides on a host of bilateral and major global issues. China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination has maintained sound momentum of growth, and the two countries have made new headway in advancing cooperation in energy, economy and trade, science and technology, culture and other fields. China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership has been forging ahead. The two sides have built greater strategic consensus, conducted fruitful business cooperation and fostered greater mutual understanding. China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit has, on the whole, enjoyed sound growth and practical cooperation between the two countries is getting stronger. China will, as always, enhance solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries and deepen its traditional friendship with them.

Yang said China is committed to upholding the international nonproliferation regime, and safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. "We maintain that the Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully through diplomatic negotiations. China supports parallel progress in both the political process of the Darfur issue and the deployment of the peacekeeping operation. We strongly support and actively participate in all international efforts that are conducive to peace in the Middle East. "

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