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Qin Gang Attends the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting

2023-03-02 22:30

On March 2, 2023 local time, Foreign Minister Qin Gang attended the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in New Delhi.

Qin Gang said that faced with a volatile international situation and rising global challenges, the G20 must rise to the occasion, enhance cooperation, and contribute its share to global development and prosperity. Qin Gang said that we need to practice true multilateralism and follow the principles of dialogue on an equal footing and consensus-building through consultation, and no one should engage in power politics or even bloc confrontation. Qin Gang noted that we need to promote the sound development of globalization, reject unilateralism, protectionism and attempts to decouple or sever supply chains, and make global development more inclusive, resilient and beneficial for all.

Qin Gang proposed three suggestions. First, macro economic policy coordination needs to be enhanced and food and energy security safeguarded. Multilateral financial institutions and commercial creditors should be actively involved in the debt treatment of developing countries. Second, global economic governance needs to be improved. It is important to complete the 16th General Quota Review of the International Monetary Fund as scheduled, and conduct the shareholding review of the World Bank. China supports the African Union in joining the G20, and looks forward to an early decision by the G20. Third, international development cooperation needs to be bolstered. We need to support the SDG Summit of the United Nations, tackle climate challenge, and act on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The consensus of the Bali Summit on preventing illegal cross-border traffic of waste must be earnestly implemented.

Qin Gang emphasized that global development and prosperity cannot be achieved without a peaceful and stable international environment. With this in mind, China has put forward the Global Security Initiative, and issued the position paper on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. China will always stand on the side of peace, actively promote peace talks, and play a constructive role.

Qin Gang briefed the meeting on the decision made at the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China to pursue a Chinese path to modernization, and stressed that the Chinese modernization is rooted in China's realities and in keeping with the global trend; it features peaceful development and harmony between man and nature, and will present new opportunities to the cooperation between China and other countries. China will continue to take an active part in the G20 agenda, and contribute more to promoting world peace and development and building a community with a shared future for mankind.

During the meeting, in-depth discussions were carried out on multilateralism, food and energy security, development cooperation, counter-terrorism and other items on the agenda. Voicing concerns about the current international situation, the participating parties expressed the view that global governance is in dire need of improvement and sustainable development remains sluggish, making it all the more important than ever to strengthen multilateralism. The G20 should play a key and special role, and all parties should show the political will to seek the most extensive common ground, and take credible actions to promote inclusive cooperation and strengthen economic resilience, so as to jointly respond to global challenges.

On the sidelines of the session, Qin Gang also met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of the host country, and foreign ministers of other countries.

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