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Wang Yi talks about 2019 World Situation:A year of turbulence and mounting challenges

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, for the world, 2019 is a year of turbulence and mounting challenges.

Wang Yi says, multilateralism and unilateralism are locked in a bitter contest, protectionism and populism have been on the rise, and the world is seeing a rampage of power politics and bullying. Big power rivalry has intensified, global governance is confronted with more difficulties, and global growth remains sluggish. From Asia to the Middle East, from Europe to Latin America, flashpoints keep flaring up, countries are plunged into turmoil, and traditional and non-traditional security threats are becoming more intertwined. All these are posing severe challenges to global governance.

That said, we must also see that peace and development remain the prevailing trend of our times. Globalization and multipolarization are moving forward despite twists and turns. And a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation is gathering momentum. Whether countries make the right choice between cooperation and confrontation, multilateralism and unilateralism, openness and isolation will largely shape the future of human society.

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