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Wang Yi Delivers a Speech at the Global Town Hall on "Rebuilding from the COVID-19 World"
2020-11-20

On November 20, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech titled "Strengthening Solidarity and Cooperation to Build a Better Future Together" via video link at the Global Town Hall on “Rebuilding from the COVID-19 World”.

Wang Yi said, the outgoing year of 2020 will make its mark in human history. The impact of COVID-19, compounded with major changes unseen in a century, has brought the international situation to a new watershed. Yet it is by overcoming tribulations and crises one after another that humanity emerges stronger and makes greater progress. Countries need to draw experience and lessons from the disaster, build consensus and strength through collective response, and work together to usher in a better future for humanity.

Wang Yi said, countries need to fight for an early victory against COVID-19 through enhanced solidarity and cooperation. China will share its experience in containment and treatment with other countries, continue to provide support and assistance to countries and regions in need, and deliver our solemn commitment of making COVID-19 vaccines a global public good. We will continue to fully engage with the World Health Organization and other parties, and actively pursue a global community of health for all.

Countries need to improve the global governance system through strengthened multilateral coordination. No country can solve its own problems through a zero-sum approach. And such practice offers no solution to global challenges, either. Multilateralism may have been challenged, but it remains the basic guarantee for countries to survive and thrive. China will continue to advocate and practice multilateralism, firmly uphold the UN-centered international system. Under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, we will continue to work with all countries to promote necessary reform and improvement of the global governance system, so that it can balance equity and efficiency more properly, respond to global challenges more quickly and effectively, and better reflect the justified and legitimate demands of emerging markets and developing countries.

Countries need to promote global economic recovery through greater openness and integration. COVID-19 cannot and will not stop the prevailing trend toward economic globalization or regional integration. The official signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) sends a clear message of openness and cooperation. While keeping COVID-19 response measures in place, China will continue to work with other countries to improve "fast tracks" and "green lanes" for the movement of people and goods, and keep the global supply chain stable. China will stay committed to the win-win strategy of opening-up, and build a new and open economic system of higher standard. It will advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, and contribute its share to the early recovery of the global economy.

Countries need to safeguard peace and development in their regions through enhanced dialogue and mutual trust. The hard-won peace and stability of East Asia should not be taken for granted. Attempts to create division and confrontation in the region would give rise to great security risks. China will remain guided by its neighborhood policy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. In promoting cooperation, China will continue to advocate the spirit of mutual respect, the principle of openness and inclusiveness, and a development-centered approach. It will firmly support ASEAN centrality, and stay committed to properly handling disputes through dialogue and consultation. It stands ready to work with ASEAN countries to safeguard regional peace and stability, and work with the whole international community to build a post-COVID world that enjoys lasting peace, prosperity, stability, and fairness and justice.

The Global Town Hall was held by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia via video links on November 20.

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