Xi Jinping pointed out that to successfully conduct China’s external work, it is imperative to implement the decision of the Party Central Committee and pursue a well-considered diplomatic agenda with clearly defined priorities.
We should strive to make new ground in conducting China’s external work, with focus on several key junctures in the timeline of the Party and the country’s development. In the coming five years, we should accomplish the first centenary goal and start working toward the second one. These five years are a period with some important junctures in timeline in which some important events will take place, and we should align our external work with these junctures and events. We should take all factors into consideration and adopt a phased approach to implement an overall plan with clearly defined priorities. We should make advances on multiple fronts and target efforts toward key areas so as to achieve comprehensive progress.
We should continue efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind and make the global governance system more just and equitable.
We should continue to abide by the principle of achieving shared benefits through extensive consultation and joint contribution to ensure that the Belt and Road Initiative will achieve solid and long-term progress and thus usher China’s opening-up into a new stage.
We should maintain good relations with other major countries and see that a framework of major-country relations is in place to ensure the stable and balanced growth of these relations.
We should ensure success in conducting neighborhood diplomacy to foster a more favorable and friendly neighborhood environment.
We should enhance solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries to achieve common development through joint efforts. The numerous developing countries are our natural allies in international affairs. We should, acting on the principle of strengthening friendship and upholding justice, boost solidarity and cooperation among developing countries.
We should also promote in-depth exchanges and mutual learning between China and other countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that diplomacy epitomizes the will of the state and that the power to make diplomatic decisions must rest with the central Party leadership. It is important to strengthen consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core and keep in alignment. It is imperative to resolutely uphold the authority and centralized leadership of the central Party leadership and willingly follow it in terms of thinking, political commitment and practice. All directives should be executed without fail and good coordination should be maintained.
External work is a systematic endeavor which requires enhanced coordination among the Party, government, people’s congress, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, military, localities and non-government actors. Each should have its own focus and work in concert with others. There should be a general framework of cooperation in place in which the CPC exercises overall leadership and ensures coordination among all the parties involved in conducting external work and that the foreign policy and strategic decisions formulated by the central Party leadership are implemented in both letter and spirit.
Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Premier of the State Council, pointed out when presiding over the conference that General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important address made a full review of the historic achievements China has made in external work for the cause of the Party and the country since the 18th CPC National Congress. It answers, based on a keen appreciation of the development trend in China and the world, key questions in both theory and practice on how to conduct external work in a new era, thus pointing the way for conducting external work on all fronts in the new era and providing fundamental guidance for this work. We should gain a full understanding of this important address and Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and act on them, and advance China’s external work across the board and make new progress in pursuing major-country diplomacy with distinctive Chinese features.
Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, pointed out in his concluding remarks that the most important outcome of the conference is that it established the guiding position of Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy. Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy is an integral part of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. It is a major theoretical achievement of the vision on governance of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core as applied to diplomacy, and it is a fundamental guidance to conducting China’s external work in the new era. We should gain a full understanding of and act on General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important address and Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy, and make new advances in China’s external work.