.: Asia

Date: 1 Nov 2013

China needs to develop closer ties with neighbours: Xi Jinping

ISLAMABAD: President of China Xi Jinping said China needs to develop closer ties with neighbouring countries, with more friendly political relations, stronger economic bonds, deeper security cooperation and closer people-to-people contacts.

Addressing a conference on relations with neighbouring countries in Beijing, the Chinese President emphasized that the basic principle of diplomacy with neighbours is to treat them as friends and partners, to make them feel safe and to help them develop. He said China and neighbouring countries should meet and visit each other more frequently and they should do more things that win and warm people’s heart.

China needs to treat neighbouring countries with sincerity so as to win more friends and partners and it needs to carry out cooperation with neighbours based on mutual benefit, create a closer network of common interests and bring the converging interests to higher levels, he added.

The President said only through better integration, can neighbouring countries benefit from China’s development and China benefit from theirs.

Underlining the importance of inclusiveness, Xi Jinping stressed Asia and Pacific region is big enough for all countries to develop and that countries in the region must promote regional cooperation in an opener mind and with greater enthusiasm.

Xi Jinping stressed that to do well in the diplomatic work with neighbouring countries in the new situation, the Communist Party must analyze and deal with issues from a strategic perspective, improve the abilities in overall planning and operational execution, and advance the diplomatic work with neighbouring countries in a full-fledged manner.

Safeguarding peace and stability in the neighbouring region is a major goal of the diplomacy with neighbouring countries, he noted.

“We should make overall plans of economic, trade, scientific and technological, financial and other resources, make good use of comparative advantages to pinpoint strategic integrating point, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the neighbouring countries, and actively participate in regional economic cooperation.”

He called for joint efforts with relevant countries to accelerate infrastructure connectivity, to build Silk Road economic belt and Maritime Silk Road of the 21st century.

“We should speed up the implementation of the free trade zone strategy, on the basis of neighbouring countries, to expand cooperation space in trade and investment, and to build a new pattern of regional economic integration.”

“We should continuously deepen regional financial cooperation, actively prepare for the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and improve the regional financial safety net.”
“We should speed up the opening up of border areas and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between border provinces and areas with neighbouring countries. We should strive to promote regional security cooperation,” he added.

He said China should adhere to the new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and cooperation, advocate the concept of comprehensive security, common security, and cooperative security, promote security cooperation with neighbouring countries, actively participate in regional and sub-regional security cooperation, deepen relevant cooperation mechanisms, and enhance strategic mutual trust.

“We should strive to strengthen publicity work, public diplomacy, cultural and people-to-people exchanges with the neighbouring countries, and consolidate and expand social and public opinion foundations of the long-term development of relations between China and its neighboring countries.”

“We should comprehensively promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges, deepen friendly exchanges on tourism, science and education, regional cooperation and others, and make a lot of good friends.”

He said China should well introduce China’s domestic and foreign policies to the outside world, clearly tell China’s story, spread China’s voice, and integrate the Chinese dream with the desire of the people of the neighbouring countries for a good life.

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