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Wang Yi attends the Symposium on The International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2019

On December 13, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi attended the Symposium on The International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2019 and deliver a speech.

Wang Yi says, for China, 2019 is a year of national celebration and of building on past achievements to forge into the future. Looking back on the momentous journey China has traversed in the past seven decades, we understand better than ever how New China has come a long way to what it is today. This has made us even more determined to follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and more confident about achieving the two centenary goals and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. For the world, 2019 is a year of much turbulence and instability. Multilateralism and unilateralism are locked in a bitter contest, Big power rivalry has intensified. Facing the complex international situation, China has forged ahead with its foreign relations under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, Charting the course forward and overcoming difficulties and challenges, we achieved new advances and new outcomes in China's foreign relations in wide-ranging areas. Such progress has not only bolstered China's development but also made important contributions to world peace and progress.

Wang Yi says,over the past year, China has vigorously developed its relations with other major countries, injecting positive energy into overall global stability. China has comprehensively strengthened its ties with neighboring countries, contributing to greater stability in the region. China has consistently advocated win-win cooperation, energizing the building of an open world economy. China has firmly defended fairness and justice in the international arena, serving as a pillar for multilateralism and greater democracy in international relations. China has stepped up to its responsibility as a major country, playing a constructive role in the political settlement of regional flashpoints. China's diplomacy have firmly defended our core national interests, providing a strong support for achieving the two centenary goals.

Wang Yi says, the US has arbitrarily acted to hold China down in the fields of economy, trade, science, technology and people-to-people exchanges. It deliberately smeared China on issues which concern China's sovereignty and dignity. They have seriously undercut the mutual trust between China and the US. Erroneous actions originate from its wrong perception of China. We urge the US to get cool-headed as soon as possible, and put its China view and world view in proper perspective. On the basis of equality and mutual respect, we are ready to work out the problems and differences with the US through dialogue and consultation. But we will never accept unilateral sanctions or any acts of bullying. We urge the US side to bring its China policy back on the right track as soon as possible and truly respect China's legitimate and lawful rights and interests.

Wang Yi says, the year 2020 will be a milestone in the course of China's national rejuvenation, China's diplomacy will brave the wind and waves and steer a steady course with a strong resolve. We will do our utmost to serve the domestic development agenda, firmly safeguard our national interests, continuously deepen partnerships, resolutely uphold multilateralism, actively expand international cooperation, vigorously modernize the system and capacity for conducting diplomacy.

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