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Wang Yi talks about 2020 China's diplomacy six major tasks
2019-12-13

On December 13, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi attended the Symposium on The International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2019 and deliver a speech. He says, The year 2020 will be a key milestone in the course of China's national rejuvenation,China's diplomacy will focus on the following six major tasks:

First, doing our utmost to serve the domestic development agenda. Taking into account both the domestic and international situation, we will leverage all diplomatic resources at hand to facilitate major development strategies at home. We will do our level best to foster a peaceful international environment to provide enabling conditions for the attainment of our first centenary goal, i.e. the realization of a moderately prosperous society in all respects. We will continue to host promotion events for Chinese provinces to provide them with broader platforms for mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries. We will improve the network of all-dimensional consular service and enhance the system for the protection of Chinese nationals and interests overseas.

Second, firmly safeguarding our national interests. We will stick to our principles and see to it that our bottom lines are never violated. We will work to effectively defuse risks and challenges posed by the external environment, and build strong safeguards for China's sovereignty, security and development interests. With a steely will and more robust measures, we will resolutely defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity, guard against and forestall any attempt by external forces to meddle in China's internal affairs. On the basis of equality and mutual respect, we are ready to work out the problems and differences with the US through dialogue and consultation. But we will never accept unilateral sanctions or any acts of bullying.

Third, continuously deepening partnerships. We will follow the strategic guidance of the two Presidents of China and Russia, and advance the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era on all fronts. We will expand cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries into broader fields and taking China-EU relations to a higher level. We will deepen strategic trust and converging interests with all our neighbors, and work for a community with a shared future with our neighboring countries. We will cement our unity and friendship with fellow developing countries.

Fourth, resolutely upholding multilateralism. As the United Nations celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding next year, we will reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and support the UN's central role in international and multilateral affairs. We will support the institution-building of platforms such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and G20,galvanize greater international consensus for building a community with a shared future for mankind. We will speed up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and take an active part in international climate cooperation as China's contribution to the resolution of global challenges.

Fifth, actively expanding international cooperation. We will earnestly implement the outcomes of the second BRF, work for new progress in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. As we play host to the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, we will grasp the opportunity to promote a global partnership on connectivity. We will work for the early signing and entry into force of the RCEP, speed up negotiations on a China-Japan-ROK FTA, and build a high-standard free trade network open to the world.

Sixth, vigorously modernizing the system and capacity for conducting diplomacy. We will thoroughly study and act on the decisions of the fourth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, particularly the comprehensive plan on modernizing China's system and capacity for governance. We will keep working on the theories, institutions, capacity and legal framework supporting our major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, and modernize the system and capacity for conducting China's diplomacy and foreign-related work.

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