5. following the right approach to justice and interests
general secretary xi jinping points out that we must uphold the right approach to justice and interests in our diplomatic work: speaking up for justice politically, pursuing mutual benefit and common development economically, and acting in good faith and valuing friendship in international affairs. general secretary xi jinping stresses that this principle must be upheld in our relations with neighboring countries and other developing countries. more consideration should be given to accommodating the interests of those neighboring and developing countries who have long been china's friends and face daunting development challenges. general secretary xi jinping also puts forward new propositions on security, development and global governance. these propositions have further enriched the core values of china's foreign policy and received wide recognition from the international community, particularly developing countries. they have become a hallmark of the soft power of socialist china.
6. putting forward the major initiative for belt and road development
to advance china's all-round opening-up and the common prosperity and progress of mankind, general secretary xi jinping has put forward the major initiative of building the silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk road. the belt and road initiative follows the silk road spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. the initiative links up china's development with the development of other countries along the routes, and the chinese dream with the dreams of the people in those countries. it imbues the ancient silk road with a new spirit of the times and offers the world a plan inspired by oriental wisdom to achieve common development and prosperity. under the framework of international cooperation on the belt and road development, the participants in this initiative have worked together, in line with the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, to seek new drivers of growth, explore new scope for development, and advance the goal of building a community of shared future for mankind.
the significance of general secretary xi jinping's thought on diplomacy
general secretary xi jinping's thought on diplomacy embodies the marxist position, viewpoints and approaches. it is a continuation and further development of the major policies and fine traditions of the diplomacy of new china in the past 60-plus years. it has also made innovations on and transcended the traditional western theories of international relations for the past 300 years. the thought is an essential component of the governing vision and strategy of the cpc central leadership and the guide of action for china's diplomacy in the new era.
1. broad and profound understanding of historical trends
from the angle of historical materialism and with a deep understanding of the trend of the times, general secretary xi jinping has drawn the visionary conclusions that china has never been so close to the center of the world stage, so close to fulfilling the chinese dream of national renewal, so confident and able to realize this goal, and so inter-connected with the rest of the international community. these judgments provide effective guidance for analyzing situations and formulating policies. they require us to adopt a global perspective and grasp the underlying trend of the times in order to understand where china stands today in the broader context of the history of the chinese nation and the shifts of global power. we should neither take rash action nor sit by and be reactive. rather, we should boldly seize opportunities and rise to challenges to pursue our own needs and strategic objectives in line with the conditions of the party, the country and the world.
2. big-picture and strategic thinking
with the broad vision of a statesman and strategist, general secretary xi jinping thinks and plans in big-picture terms and has personally presided over the top-level design and strategic planning of china's diplomatic work. he stresses that china must stay firmly committed to peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit and that its diplomatic work should take into account both the domestic and international situations and serve the two overarching priorities of development and security. oriented to the recurring themes of peaceful development and national renewal, china's foreign policy should help foster a more favorable international environment for china's peaceful development and provide strong support for the realization of the two "centenary goals" and the chinese dream of national renewal. general secretary xi jinping calls for integrated planning, coordination and advancement of china's relations with major countries, neighboring countries, developing countries, and its multilateral diplomacy. under such an approach, our diplomatic work made an impressive start and moved forward in a comprehensive and balanced way, enhancing china's strategic position in the complex and volatile international environment.
3. an enterprising and innovative spirit
with the boldness of a reformer and a trail blazer and responding to the call of the times and the needs of the people, general secretary xi jinping has built on the solid foundation of the diplomatic theories and practices of new china, and put forward a series of new thoughts and practices, enriching china's fine diplomatic traditions with new progress and opening a new vista for the application of marxism in china.
4. the dauntless spirit of a major country ready to shoulder its responsibilitiesgeneral secretary xi jinping, with the vision befitting a leader of a major socialist country, has underscored china's role and contribution to world peace and development and to upholding the international order. the chinese love their country; they also care deeply about world affairs and have a global perspective. we do all we can to assume greater international responsibilities and obligations and work with other countries to uphold what is right and just in regional and international affairs. guided by general secretary xi jinping's thought on diplomacy, we have made proactive efforts to communicate china's views and exert its role in the international arena. a growing number of chinese initiatives have become international consensus; a growing number of chinese propositions have been translated into global actions; and a growing number of opportunities generated by china have been shared by other countries around the world.