|Qin Gang: The Global Security Initiative is Rooted in the Fine Traditional Chinese Culture Valuing Peace above Everything Else|
On February 21, 2023, Foreign Minister Qin Gang attended the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum themed "The Global Security Initiative: China's Proposal for Solving Security Challenges", and delivered a keynote speech.
Qin Gang said that the Global Security Initiative (GSI) is rooted in the fine traditional Chinese culture that values peace above everything else, and is inspired by China’s independent foreign policy of peace and its practices. Over the years, China has held high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, fulfilled its responsibility for world peace and contributed its level best to global security as a responsible major country.
China is committed to the path of peaceful development. China has never started a conflict or war, or taken a single inch of foreign land. China remains the only country that has put the commitment of peaceful development in its Constitution. No matter how much it develops, China will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence, or engage in arms race, but remain a defender of world peace.
China is committed to international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation processes. China has joined over 20 multilateral arms control treaties, and firmly upheld the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. China will continue to promote international cooperation on arms control and the building of a global nuclear security architecture featuring fairness and win-win cooperation, and play its part in maintaining global strategic stability.
China is committed to meeting global challenges. China has made robust efforts to implement the Paris climate agreement, provided over 2.2 billion doses of COVID vaccine to over 120 countries and international organizations, put forward the Global Initiative on Data Security and the International Cooperation Initiative on Global Food Security, and promoted the establishment of the Global Clean Energy Cooperation Partnership. China will continue advancing international cooperation on counter-terrorism, disaster relief, climate change, public health, among others, combat transnational organized crime, and contribute its share to tackling non-traditional security threats.
China is committed to following a Chinese approach to resolving hotspot issues. China believes in promoting peace through talks. Guided by its emphasis on addressing both symptoms and root causes, its call for the involved parties to meet each other halfway, and its pursuit of fairness and justice, China has made unremitting efforts for the political settlement of hotspot issues.