Xi's report shows continuity of China's policies

Xi Jinping's report delivered to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) says that the country's foreign policy will basically remain unchanged, showing the continuity of diplomacy, said an expert.

Yuan Zheng, a senior researcher with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made the remarks during a recent interview with Sino-US.com.

In his report, Xi reaffirmed the concepts about the national security, the new type of international relations and the Belt and Road, which were the hot diplomatic terms in the past five years, in a sign that China is not intending to change the stated diplomatic policy, Yuan said, adding that the policy puts emphasis on the country's promise of developing peacefully and not seeking hegemony, which could quell other countries' fears about China's rise.

Xi's report gave a clear, brief description about the Belt and Road initiative, which focuses on policy coordination, infrastructure connectivity, free trade, free flow of capital and people-to-people exchanges, enhancing other countries' enthusiasm to take part in the Beijing-led initiative.

In terms of global governance, the report again put forward the principle of co-consultation, co-construction and sharing, which could be used in areas of climate change, regional security and the international economic cooperation, said Yuan.

"As the world's second-largest economy, China is playing a bigger role in promoting the democratization of international relations," said Yuan.

What's more, the statement on the issue of Taiwan in the report shows Beijing's growing confidence in unifying China. One the one hand, Xi called for the peaceful unification; on the other hand, he showed zero-tolerance to the separatist forces who seek Taiwan's independence, according to Yuan.

"Currently, Beijing attaches more importance to the cross-straits non-governmental exchanges, compared with the past when it put high hopes on Taiwan's political parties (when it came to unification)," said Yuan.

The Chinese expert said that the mention of "peaceful unification" and the "one country, two systems" principle beat the estimate of domestic hawks, who squint toward a military solution to the Taiwan issue. "The report also shows the continuity of Beijing's policy toward Taiwan."
 


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