China should adjust its foreign policy to reflect economic strength: expert

Wang Xiaowei 

China should make some diplomatic breakthroughs as it has taken on more international responsibilities as a big power, even though Chinese President Xi Jinping's report said that the country's foreign policy will basically remain unchanged, a Chinese expert said on Thursday.

In an interview with, Wang Xiaowei, post-doctorate with the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and professor at the Moscow State University, said that China will act as a key creator of the international order, as the country is promoting global governance as part of efforts to build a common community of human destiny.

"During this process, China will have a greater influence in international affairs," Wang said.

In Wang's opinion, China should adjust former top leader Deng Xiaoping's diplomatic axiom of "keeping a low profile and hiding one's strength" by adopting a more aggressive foreign policy, as the country has become the world's second-largest economy.

In his report delivered to the 19th National Congress of the CPC yesterday, Xi defined China as a developing country, saying that the national goal is to realize socialist modernization by 2035.

Xi also said that China has no intention to seek hegemony, adding that China's development will not harm the interests of other countries. Xi's statement is based on the judgment that international disputes should be resolved under the framework of the United Nations and that the world has become a multi-polar one, Wang said.

"It indicates that China opposes hegemonism and unilateralism," Wang noted.

In terms of the Taiwan issue, Xi's report attached great importance to the principles of "peaceful unification" and "one country, two systems". The statement is different from some domestic hawks, who think that China should resolve the Taiwan issue by force due to the mainland's overwhelming military strength over Taiwan, according to Wang. But Wang did not believe the hawkish approach is a "correct and proper way" to unify China.

On the other hand, Xi's report showed zero-tolerance toward separatism, stressing that China will "never allow any individual, political parties and groups" to split Taiwan from China.

"It is the severest warning (to the Taiwanese authorities), which is aimed at deterring the separatists ... To solve the Taiwan issue, we should have both hard-line policy and placatory policy, just as Xi's report said the Taiwanese in the mainland should be given the same treatments as mainland citizens and should share the development opportunities with mainland people," Wang said.

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