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Development of China Needs Asia, and Prosperity of Asia Needs China

The 12th IISS Asia Security Summit : fourth plenary session : New Trends in Asia-pacific Security. Remarks by Lt.Gen. Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, the Chinese People's Liberation Army at the Shangri-la Dialogue, June 2nd 2013, Singapore. Source : IISS.

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

It's my great pleasure to be here in the City of Merlion. First of all, I want to express my warm congratulations on the success of the Shangri-la Dialogue 2013, as well as my heart-felt gratitude to our host for the gracious hospitality. I would like to take this opportunity to share my views with you on new trends in Asia-Pacific security as well as the peaceful development of China.

Ladies and gentlemen, the human race has but one earth. All countries live in one world. If history has taught us anything, that is, the weak standing on1y as the prey to the strong is not the way human beings should be. At present, the security situation of Asia-pacific generally remains stable. Seeking peace, cooperation, development and win-win has become the common aspiration of countries. China will unswervingly pursue the road of peaceful development, and remain dedicated to promoting development that is peaceful, open, cooperative and win-win. China's development and prosperity is a major opportunity instead of a challenge or even threat to countries in the Asia-pacific region. China seeks cooperation and win-win instead of exclusive development of itself. China is a driving force for development, not a source of hindrance. Such a solemn declaration is deeply rooted in Chinese philosophical thinking, culture of strategy, policies and propositions, as well as realistic practices.

Peaceful development is the core goal that we pursue.

China is a peace-loving nation. The grief experience of war, turmoil and poverty in China's recent history has made Chinese people fervently feel the value of peace and urgency for development. In light of traditional Chinese culture, the notion of "peace under the heavenly sky" is in the instincts and genes of Chinese people. As a result, the logic that strong powers will definitely seek hegemony has neither the soil to grow nor the market to promote in China. In the evolutionary process of Chinese history, China has never taken foreign expansion and military conquering as a state policy. Although recently hot-spot issues in China's neighboring area keeps cropping up, we have always held that conflicts and disputes should be properly solved through dialogue, consultations and peaceful negotiations so as to maintain the overall peace and development in the Asia-pacific. In light of the development trend of the world, regional countries have been bound by a common destiny. Pursuing the road of peaceful development is our political choice to go with the trend of times and our solemn pledge to the people in Asia-pacific. It should be noted that, China is located in Asia-pacific, therefore, we hope for sustained peace and stability in this region. However, our stress on dialogue and consultations for the sake of peace by no means denotes unconditional compromise. Our resolve and commitment to safeguarding core national interests always stands steadfast.

Open development is the basic principle that we uphold

As an ancient Chinese saying goes, "the greatness of the ocean lies in its embrace of all rivers". China upholds an open spirit. We stress not only on taking strides towards the world, but also on welcoming the world to engage China, with the purpose of sharing resources and jointly creating a better future. For this end, we should discard cold-war mentality, go beyond the outdated zero-sum games, and refrain from building military alliances, setting imaginary enemies and taking actions against a third party. We should value inclusiveness, draw on each other's strength, as well as respect the diversity of human civilizations and development paths. We should neither group nations according to ideology nor apply double standards. We should promote integration of nations in full scale to realize exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of areas and at various levels, such as political, economy, military and cultural, so as to facilitate sound interactions among nations with mutually-enhanced development and common progress. One should also refrain from opening up areas in a selective way solely for self-interest, and should not simply demand others to be open and transparent while unilaterally set up barriers for others.

Cooperative development is an important manner that we propose.

If I may quote another Chinese proverb, "one tree makes no forest, neither does a single blossom for spring". To realize prosperity, stability and development of Asia-pacific region, one cannot merely rely on the efforts of a single nation, nor on expansion and plundering, even less on the obsession on use of force. The only way forward is to take cooperation as the overriding principle, through which consensus are enhanced and positive energy is forged. We believe that, only by adhering to the new security concepts featuring "mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination" can regional countries enjoy common development and security guarantee. Cooperative development means that we should take mutual respect as an important precondition, learn to respect and understand others, and refrain from taking self-righteous actions against others' will. Cooperative development means that we should take equality and mutual trust as inherent requirements and should not seek to dominate other country's development by imposing political conditions. Cooperative development means that we take it as an important guarantee to seek commonality while putting aside differences. We can't act at our own will while ignoring others, or even easily threaten to use force. We should put aside disputes, work in the same direction and seek solutions through dialogue and coordination, particularly when it comes to disputes concerning sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests.

Win-win development is the fundamental purpose that we advocate.

Since the beginning of the new century, the interests of China has been integrated with the rest of Asia like never before. By the end of 2012, China-ASEAN trade volume has exceeded 400 billion U.S. dollars. For four years on a roll, China has been the largest trading partner of ASEAN, and ASEAN has been the third largest trading partner of China, benefiting tremendously the industries and people of both sides. Facts have proven that the development of China has been a major opportunity of sustained growth for Asia-pacific countries. We believe that win-win development entails sharing of interests. One should take the legitimate concerns of other's into consideration instead of only maximizing one's own interests. Only by doing so can people of all countries benefit from the development of the region. We believe that win-win development requires convergence of interests, where different development strategies, advantages and needs of respective countries can be accommodated. In this way, mutual complementarities can be assured, and efficiency of development can be boosted. We also believe that win-win development indicates balance of interests. Countries, no matter big or small, are all equal. They should respect each other and build win-win relationships. It is undesirable to beggar thy neighbor, export crisis or mess up the regional situation out of one's own interests.

Ladies and gentlemen, the development of China needs Asia, and the prosperity of Asia needs China. China will continue to uphold the banner of peace, development, cooperation and win-win, and stay firmly committed to peace and common development in the Asia-pacific. At present, Chinese people are going all out for the "Two Centennial Goals", in hope of the China Dream of rejuvenation of the nation. The China Dream is not only a dream for China, but also a dream that is linked to the development dreams of ali Asia-pacific countries. It benefits not only Chinese people, but people from the region and the rest of the world. Let us ali -in Asia-pacific work together, forging ahead with resolution and diligence, so that we can build a better future for Asia and the world.

Thank you!

See also :


L’Asie-Pacifique fait face à trois grands types de menaces et de risques

Asia-Pacific Is Faced with Three Major Types of Threats and Risks & Advancing Defence Cooperation In The Asia-Pacific: Jean-Yves Le Drian

Meeting Challenges through Shared Principles, Interests and Objectives

Hagel Addresses Chinese Concerns During Shangri-La Dialogue

Hagel : "In Asia, We See a Range of Persistent and Emerging Threats"

Hagel, in remarks directed at China, speaks of cyberattack threat (New York Times)

Development of China Needs Asia, and Prosperity of Asia Needs China

Shangri-La Dialogue (Wikipedia)

Shangri-La dialogue: China's rising power in spotlight (BBC News Asia)

Shangri-La Dialogue opens in Singapore (CCTV, Beijing)


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