Development of China Needs Asia, and Prosperity of Asia Needs China
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.
guests, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
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.
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.
development is the core goal that we pursue.
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.
development is the basic principle that we uphold.
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.
development is an important manner that we propose.
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.
development is the fundamental purpose that we advocate.
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.
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.
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