Ladies and gentlemen, Friends,
The year 2020 will be a new milestone in China’s development. We will achieve our first centenary goal through a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. We will win our critical battle against poverty and eliminate absolute poverty for the first time in the five-thousand-year history of the Chinese nation. This also means that China will meet the UN poverty reduction goal 10 years ahead of schedule.
The year 2020 is also a momentous year for the world. We will celebrate the 75th anniversaries of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War and the founding of the UN. In the face of risks and challenges brought by unilateralism and unprecedented shifts in the international system, the 75th anniversary of the UN offers a historic opportunity for all countries to renew our long-cherished aspirations and work for a better future for all humanity.
President Xi Jinping has stressed on many occasions that the Communist Party of China strives for both the well-being of the Chinese people and the progress of humankind. In our diplomatic undertakings in the year ahead, we will continue to act on Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, stay the course of peaceful development, and work toward the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind. China will remain a promoter of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of the international order.
First, we will safeguard our sovereignty, security and development interests with greater resolve to foster a favorable external environment for national development. The principle of sovereignty is the most important cornerstone of the international system and a basic norm governing international relations. The international community should come together in pushing back the growing manifestations of power politics, interventionism and bullying. In China’s case, we would take resolute measures as needed to counter any attempt by external forces to meddle in China’s internal affairs.
The one-China principle represents a compelling consensus shared by the international community and a universally recognized norm governing international relations. No matter how the situation may evolve in Taiwan, there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. Nothing will change this historical and legal fact, and nothing will shake the resolve and confidence of the Chinese government and people in advancing reunification.
Second, we will seek stronger partnerships in a more proactive manner to instill a greater sense of stability and certainty in our world. We will advance the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era on all fronts. We will work to upgrade China-Europe relations and take China-EU relations to a higher level. We will act on the principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness in our neighborhood diplomacy, and deepen strategic trust and converging interests with all our neighbors. We will speed up the development of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the China-CELAC Forum, and the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, and make extensive efforts to cement our unity and friendship with fellow developing countries.
Our relations with the Unites States, one between the world’s largest developing and developed countries, have a direct bearing on where the world is going. The past 40 years of interactions have clearly shown that both sides stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Both countries need to bear in mind the fundamental interests of the Chinese and American peoples and the common interests of countries around the world. On the basis of mutual respect, equal dialogue and managing differences while seeking common ground, we are ready to work with the US to advance China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability.
Third, we will deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries with more practical initiatives to underpin the building of an open world economy. We will step up the implementation of the outcomes of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, pursue open, green and clean cooperation and adopt a high-standard, people-centered and sustainable approach.
As China will host the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, we will work for further progress in existing cooperation mechanisms including the China-Europe Railway Express and in major connectivity projects including the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. This will help forge a more extensive global partnership on connectivity.
We will also firmly uphold the multilateral trading system centered on the WTO and advance its reform in a way that is beneficial to all. We will work for the early signing and entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, speed up negotiations on a China-Japan-ROK FTA, and promote global trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.
Fourth, we will uphold multilateralism and international fairness and justice with more effective measures to make new contributions to world peace and tranquility. We will take the 75th anniversary of the UN as an opportunity to uphold the international system centered around the UN and the international order based on international law.
We will further strengthen cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS, G20, APEC and other international mechanisms, and build a more equitable and effective global governance system.
We will ensure the success of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in China, fully and effectively implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, and work with all parties to build a shared future for all life on Earth.
We will continue to stand for common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. We remain committed to the peaceful settlement of disputes through dialogue. Opposed to the willful use or threat of force, we will provide more Chinese wisdom and proposals to resolving international hotspots concerning the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan and others.
Ladies and gentlemen, Friends,
As President Xi Jinping pointed out in his new year address last month, human history, like a river, flows unceasingly with both moments of quiet waters and huge waves. As risks and challenges mount, so is there a stronger desire of humanity to hold the future in our own hands and build a community with a shared future. In the year ahead, let us join hands to embrace changes with confidence, resolve differences with trust, and open up the future with cooperation. Let us work together to meet humankind’s aspirations for a better life, and to contribute to the common cause of world peace and development.
To conclude, please join me in a toast,
To a peaceful and prosperous world;
To China’s friendship and cooperation with all countries and organizations; and
To the health and happiness of all the distinguished guests present.