The Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs was held in Beijing on 22-23 June. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered an important address to the conference. He stressed the following key points:
We should follow the guidance of the thought on diplomacy of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era in conducting China’s external work. We should keep in mind both our domestic and international imperatives, focus on the overriding goal of national rejuvenation and human progress, and endeavor to build a community with a shared future for mankind. We should be firm in safeguarding China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and actively participate in and steer the reform of the global governance system. We should form a well-developed global network of partnerships. With these efforts, we aim to open up new prospects for conducting major-country diplomacy with distinctive Chinese features and create enabling conditions for building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and a great modernized socialist country.
In his address, Xi Jinping pointed out that since the 18th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee, we have overcome many difficulties and forged ahead in the ever-changing world in conducting China’s external work, and we have made remarkable advances in pursuing major-country diplomacy with distinctive Chinese features in a creative way. We have withstood the test of numerous risks, won many major and tough battles, accomplished no small number of key and difficult tasks and scored historic achievements. By drawing on our experiences, we have developed a deep understanding that we must keep in mind both our domestic and international imperatives in conducting China’s external work, maintain strategic confidence and composure, and creatively pursue China’s diplomacy in both theory and practice. We should think in strategic terms and be global in our perspective, protect China’s core and major national interests, pursue win-win cooperation and uphold justice, and remain alert to risks and potential dangers.