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FM: China firmly persists in peaceful development road


    BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- China has firmly persisted in its peaceful development road, and its opening up strategy featuring mutual benefits and policy of building a harmonious world have received international praise, said Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing here on Sunday.

    In an interview with Xinhua, Li said the basic meaning of China's peaceful development road was to both develop China itself through safeguarding world peace and promote world peace through China's development.

    "In the past year, China has played a constructive role in many major international and regional issues, such as the Korean Peninsular nuclear issue and the Iranian nuclear issue," said Li, "China has proved through action that she is a good friend and partner of the world people,"

    Li noted that China has actively participated in multilateral diplomacy, continued to support the reform of the United Nations, participated in a wide range of activities of the United Nations and international multilateral economic organizations, and conducted all-round economic and technological cooperation and exchanges with foreign countries.

    China has also offered help and aid within its own ability to those countries and people who suffered from natural disasters and other difficulties, such as rescuing Vietnamese fishing ships and offering aid to Indonesia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Thailand and the Philippines who suffered from earthquake, flood, mud-rock flow and sinkage of oil-tank.

    "Chinese leaders have expounded China's policies of peaceful development road, opening up strategy featuring mutual benefits and advocation of a harmonious world, and have received international praise," said Li.

    He said Chinese leaders have expounded these policies at various occasions, such as the G-8 Summit held in Russia in July, the 14th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum held in Vietnam in November and the sixth Asia-Europe meeting held in Finland in September.

    "More and more countries have recognized that China's development is peaceful, open, cooperative and harmonious development, and China is a staunch force in safeguarding world peace and promoting common prosperity," said Li.

     China advances diplomacy with world powers in 2006, says FM

    BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said here Sunday that China had promoted exchanges and communication with major world powers in 2006.

    Li said Sino-U.S. ties maintained their stable development, citing meetings between leaders and a new consensus confirming the two powers were "stakeholders" and "constructive cooperators".

    A landmark strategic economic dialogue between China and the United States begun in early December, reflecting greater interaction, boosted economic and trade, military, law enforcement, anti-terrorism, anti-proliferation, education, culture and health cooperation.

    The China-Russia strategic partnership grew deeply and comprehensively, Li said.

    China launched the "Year of Russia" in March, with more than 250 trade, investment, cultural and other events, highlighting closer ties between the neighbors, closer coordination on the economy and trade, science and technology and energy.

    Countries increasingly emphasized the importance of "soft power" and improving their international images, leading to active exchange activities like the "Year of Russia".

    EU-China relations saw stable growth, said Li, with dialogues on politics, trade, energy, education and climate change.

    On Sept. 9, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and EU leaders announced at the ninth EU-China Summit in Helsinki that China and the EU had agreed to launch negotiations on a framework Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which would encompass the full scope of their relationship.

    Li noted that with new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China, 2006 saw a new starting point for the development of China-Japan relations.

    Abe paid an official visit to China on Oct. 8 and 9, thawing the frozen political relationship and opening a window of hope for improving relations.

    President Hu and Abe met again during the 14th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum last month in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam,

    Despite disagreements, China observed a set policy to maintain sound relations with Japan and held the friendship should continue through the generations, Li said.

    China's multilateral diplomacy consolidated in 2006, says FM

    BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said here Sunday that China's multilateral diplomacy was consolidated in three major summits held in 2006.

    Li said the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Shanghai in June saw the signing of ten documents including the Declaration on the Fifth Anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

    The SCO member countries reached consensus on building long-term, friendly cooperation and vowed to deepen cooperation on the economy and trade, security and culture, said Li.

    A Commemorative Summit marking the 15th Anniversary of the Dialogue Relations between China and ASEAN opened in October was marked with a joint statement promising to cement their strategic partnership.

    The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing in November saw a declaration on the establishment of a new strategic partnership between China and Africa.

    "The three summits succeeded in improving cooperation between China and its neighbors and with developing countries," Li said.

    Describing peace, development and cooperation as an inevitable trend, Li said new situations and contradictions would keep occurring, so all countries should maintain world peace and promote common development.

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