Op-ed: “Xiplomacy” echoes call of the times at UN meetings

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua): With the world beset with such grave challenges as a raging pandemic, continuing recession, surging isolationism and rising hegemonism, the recent series of UN high-level meetings represent the world’s latest bid to find humanity’s way forward.

In multiple speeches delivered at the most important international platform, Chinese President Xi Jinping expounded his approach to addressing the fundamental questions of the times and his vision on uniting all nations sharing the planet to build a better shared future.

“Peace and development remain the underlying trend of the times, and people everywhere crave even more strongly for peace, development and win-win cooperation,” he said at the general debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). “COVID-19 will not be the last crisis to confront humanity, so we must join hands and be prepared to meet even more global challenges.”

The Chinese leader drew the world together with a plan and a vision of how to work, said Stephen Perry, chairman of Britain’s 48 Group Club. “He is a beacon of hope in a dark moment of the planet. I hope he can carry other national leaders with him and to focus on making the world work right.”

MULTILATERALISM AS FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE

At a historic juncture 75 years ago, the United Nations, the epitome of multilateralism, was established following the scourge of two world wars to maintain lasting peace and promote common development.

“Today, we face our own 1945 moment,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the opening of the 75th UNGA, warning about a new standoff as the multilateral system, the foundation for globalization and integration, is exposed to salient risks and challenges, such as treaty withdrawals and military and economic bullying practices.

Noting that the past 75 years has been a period of rapid development of multilateralism, Xi stressed at the High-level Meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations that “international affairs ought to be addressed through consultation among us all.”

“Problems facing the world are big and many, and global challenges are on the increase,” he said. “They should and can only be resolved through dialogue and cooperation.”

This commitment to equality-based consultation has been an essential feature of Xi’s diplomatic thought, now widely known as Xiplomacy. Since he took office as Chinese president in 2013, he has reiterated the principle on a variety of international occasions, steadfastly advocating multilateralism over unilateralism and win-win cooperation over zero-sum confrontation.

In his landmark UNGA address five years ago, Xi pointed out that all countries are interdependent and share a common future, and called for global efforts to “renew our commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter” and “build a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation.”

Over the years, China has demonstrated that it is not only an advocate but also a practitioner of multilateralism and defender of the UN-centered international system. China, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a recent forum, has joined almost all universal intergovernmental organizations and international conventions.

SHARED FUTURE AS GUIDING LIGHT

In a world which Guterres said has “a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions,” Xi called on all countries to rise above differences in nationality, culture and ideology, and join hands to build a better shared future for all.

The vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, first introduced to the international community in 2013, has become the flagship concept in Xiplomacy and a consistent underlying theme of Xi’s remarks on international relations.

Stressing the significance of the ecosystem to humanity’s future, Xi suggested that all countries “take up our lofty responsibility for the entire human civilization, … balance and coordinate economic development and ecological protection, and work together to build a prosperous, clean and beautiful world.”

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