How China is promoting reforms in the global governance system

Monday, October 3rd, 2022 00:00 | By
Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu briefs the media on the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to China. PHOTO/Courtesy

There is no doubt about it. As China squarely takes its position as the second largest economy in the world, so are its international duties and responsibilities increasing. This is not an accidental occurrence. Countries with economic might across the world are also expected to play a bigger role in international affairs, a role that China has taken effectively.

The messages from world leaders as the country celebrated its 73rd national day are testament to the fact that the People’s Republic of China has come of age and is ready to offer much needed leadership in many areas. Further, the leaders noted that the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to be held mid this month will provide new and strong impetus for China's development, and open new and broad room for China to continuously enhance its influence as a major country.

In fact, China’s initiatives including the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) proposed by President Xi Jinping are based on the common interests of all countries with the aim of improving people's livelihood worldwide and preserving world peace and stability. China is an advocate of world peace and security, multilateralism and a just and fair world order. The GSI has received support and recognition from more than 70 countries.

Recently, president of the 77th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Csaba Korosi stated that China, a founding member of the UN and a permanent member of the Security Council, has been a strong buttress to the blue flag. "China's Global Development Initiative offers a great opportunity to catalyze sustainable development and to implement the 2030 Agenda," he added.

China's promotion on the reform of the global governance system is trying to make it more reasonable and fairer, not intending to start afresh, and China's determination to practice true multilateralism, efforts to perfect the global governance, and actions to promote multilateral cooperation, will stay unchanged, a senior official from Chinese Foreign Ministry also said recently.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu made the remarks at a press conference on “China in the Past Decade” held by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, in response to some voices that China intends to start afresh to change the international order.

The international order is solely based on the international law, and a few countries cannot make so-called "rules" to alter and affect the order, let alone impose its domestic rules on it, Ma said.

The Chinese diplomacy has participated in global governance with unprecedented depth, width and power under the guidance of diplomatic thinking by the Chinese president, contributing Chinese wisdom, offering a Chinese approach and showing Chinese responsibility, which has received widespread praise from the international community.

China offers its own view of global governance in major occasions, advocates openness and inclusiveness, and doesn't engage in isolation and exclusion. The country adheres to cooperation and advancement with the times, instead of confrontation, conflict and standing still, leading the reform of the global governance system and international system, and injecting positivity into the world of uncertainty.

China faithfully fulfills the mission as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and has sent over 50,000 soldiers in peacekeeping operations. In the face of the Ukraine crisis, nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula and the Iran and Afghanistan issues, China has constantly called for peace talks and finding a peaceful solution to conflicts.

By taking the lead to implement the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, China made more than 70 percent of the contribution to global poverty reduction. The country injects great power into human development by establishing the China-UN Peace and Development Trust Fund and deepening South-South Cooperation.

China also firmly implements the Paris Agreement and plays an essential role in jointly addressing climate change. Proposing the Global Initiative on Data Security, China promotes the development of the global digital governance system to a more reasonable and fairer direction.

Recently, China put forward cooperation initiatives on global food security and global energy security, aiming to offer China's solution to the world's current challenges. When it comes to the major issues of principle, Ma reiterated China's firm stance on safeguarding national interests and dignity, saying that China determinedly fights for issues regarding Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, state waters and human rights, which protect the national sovereignty, development interests and security.

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