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Wang Yi: For a Safer World

2023-02-18 23:30

On February 18, 2023 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi attended the 59th Munich Security Conference and delivered a keynote speech in Germany.

Wang Yi said that for a safer world, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected.

Power politics and hegemony are a recipe for global instability, and do the biggest damage to global peace. Interference in other countries' internal affairs, in whatever name, disregards and defies the basic norms governing international relations. Any violation of the one-China principle on the Taiwan question, and attempt to create "one China, one Taiwan" or "two Chinas", however framed, are a gross infringement on China's territorial integrity, and pose real threats to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The principle of sovereignty is a cornerstone of the contemporary international order. All countries should abide by the principle in both words and deeds, rather than apply it selectively, still less with double standards. China will resolutely curb acts of separatism and interference to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

For a safer world, disputes should be peacefully resolved through dialogue and consultation.

Disagreements and frictions do exist between countries, yet handling them with pressuring, smear campaigns or unilateral sanctions is often counterproductive, and may even entail endless trouble. However complex the issue is, dialogue and consultation should not be abandoned. However intense the dispute is, a political resolution should be pursued. However difficult the situation is, peace should be given a chance.

China follows a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, as put forward by President Xi Jinping, takes a responsible stand on international disputes based on the merits of each issue, and plays a constructive role. On the Ukraine issue, China's position boils down to promoting peace talks. China will publish its proposition on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis, and stay firm on the side of peace and dialogue.

For a safer world, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter should be upheld.

The chaos and conflicts plaguing the world today occur because the purposes and principles of the UN charter have not been truly observed. Fanning ideological confrontation and forming exclusionary blocs harms international solidarity and hampers global cooperation. Hyping security threats and stoking tensions undercuts strategic mutual trust and elevates the risk of miscalculation.

The pressing need now is for all to put the larger interest embodied in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter above one's own lesser interest, and work together to oppose the Cold War mentality and resist bloc confrontation.

For a safer world, the key role of development must be harnessed.

The world should not be a place where the rich stay rich while the poor remain poor. Efforts should be stepped up to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The legitimate right to development of all countries, especially developing countries, should be effectively protected, and assistance should be extended to underdeveloped regions to improve people's lives, revitalize the economy, address both symptoms and root causes, and remove the breeding ground for conflict.

The world should not veer off into the wrong path of protectionism, decoupling and cutting supply and industrial chains. We must firmly reject the attempts to politicize, weaponize and draw ideological lines in the cooperation on trade, science and technology. If security is to be firmly established and ensured, people in all countries should get to lead a better life.

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