Jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind Promote the in-depth development of China-Myanmar relations

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By Ambassador Mr. Chen Hai

The Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs was held in Beijing on 27-28 December 2023. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the conference and delivered an important address. Xi Jinping presented a systematic review of the historic achievements and valuable experience of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era, gave a profound exposition on the international environment and historical mission of China’s external work on the new journey, and made comprehensive plans for China’s external work for the present and coming periods. I would like to introduce the conference to friends from all walks of life in Myanmar and share some views on promoting the development of China-Myanmar relations.
It was pointed out at the conference that building a community with a shared future for mankind is the core tenet of Xi Jinping’s Thoughts on Diplomacy. The goal is to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world of lasting peace, universal security and shared prosperity, and the pathway is promoting global governance that features extensive consultation and joint contribution for shared benefit; the guiding principle is to apply the common values of humanity, the basic underpinning lies in building a new type of international relations, the strategic guidance comes from the implementation of the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative, and the platform for action is high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. On this basis, we seek to bring countries together to meet challenges, achieve prosperity for all and usher in a bright future of peace, security, prosperity and progress for our world.
To build a community with a shared future for mankind, China calls for an equal and orderly multipolar world and a universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalization. An equal and orderly multipolar world is one in which all countries, regardless of size, are treated as equals, hegemonism and power politics are rejected, and democracy is truly promoted in international relations. The purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter must be observed by all, the universally recognized basic norms governing international relations must be upheld by all, and true multilateralism must be practised.
A universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalization is one that meets the common needs of all countries, especially developing countries, and properly addresses the development imbalances between and within countries resulting from the global allocation of resources. It is important to resolutely oppose the attempt to roll back globalization and abuse the concept of security, oppose all forms of unilateralism and protectionism, firmly promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, overcome the structural problems hindering the healthy development of the world economy, and make economic globalization more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.
China and Myanmar, linked by mountains and rivers, enjoy a profound “Pauk-Phaw” friendship. During President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Myanmar in 2020, the two sides agreed to work together to build a China-Myanmar community with a shared future. This year marks the 70th anniversary of China, Myanmar and India jointly advocating the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. We are willing to implement the spirit of the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs, carry forward the wisdom and experience of China-Myanmar friendly exchanges, practice the Principle of Amity, Sincerity, Mutual Benefit and Inclusiveness in Neighbourhood Diplomacy, and work with Myanmar to continue to implement the outcomes of President Xi’s historic visit to Myanmar, strengthen exchanges of experience in governance, forge synergy in implementing GDI, GSI and GCI, and deepen cooperation and pursue tangible progress in building a China-Myanmar community with a shared future.
We are willing to work with Myanmar to build the Belt and Road and the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor with high quality so as to benefit the peoples of the two countries with more practical cooperation fruits. We support Myanmar in pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions and will continue to play a constructive role in supporting the peace process in northern Myanmar and jointly maintaining peace and stability along the China-Myanmar border. We will always adhere to the people-centred development approach, deepen China-Myanmar law enforcement and security cooperation, and jointly crack down on cross-border criminal activities such as telecom and online fraud to safeguard people’s lives and properties. We are willing to work with Myanmar to deepen cooperation among Lancang-Mekong, China-ASEAN and other regional mechanisms to create a better homeland for all.
At the beginning of the New Year, I wish the people of Myanmar a harvest of peace, prosperity and happiness.
Views expressed in the article belong solely to the author.

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