China attaches high priority to relations with Pakistan: Xi Jinping

ISLAMABAD: Developing relations with Pakistan and other neighbors has been a highlighted priority of China’s diplomacy, said Chinese President Xi Jinping

Events witnessed during the recent years reflected that Pakistan is on the top of the Chinese foreign policy’s agenda, keeping up their exemplary relations.

China-Pakistan Economic corridor project is a new dimension to this effect Addressing a seminar on neighborhood diplomacy in October 2013, Xi put put forward guiding principles for neighborhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.

According to the Chinese media’s reports, the significance of neighborhood diplomacy can be seen from Xi’s agenda. Xi has devoted half of his visits abroad to neighboring countries, visiting South Asia, Southeast Asia three times and visiting central Asia and Northeast Asia two times respectively.

Xi stressed that the Chinese dream should be connected to the aspirations of people in neighboring nations who want a better life and to the regional prospects of development, nurturing the sense of a community of common destiny.

For those who are eager to learn about the world’s second largest economy and its impact on the world, President Xi Jinping has offered the answer: China is committed to jointly building a community of common destiny with other nations worldwide.

Understanding the Chinese dream is a key to understanding China. In November 2012, Xi explained the notion of the Chinese Dream when visiting the “The Road Toward Renewal” exhibition in Beijing.

“In my view, to realize the great renewal of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream for the Chinese nation in modern history,” Xi said.

“I believe that by the time the Communist Party of China marks the 100th anniversary of its founding, the goal to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects will be inevitably achieved,” he said during the visit.

When it comes to the 100th anniversary of the founding of New China in 2049, the goal of building an affluent, strong, civilized and harmonious socialist modern country will certainly be fulfilled, and the dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will inevitably be accomplished, Xi said.

More than three years have passed since then. The world now has a better idea of China’s outlook of peace, development, security and international order under the context of realizing the Chinese dream.

“To realize our goals, we must have a peaceful international environment. Without peace, China and the world could not enjoy smooth development; without development, China and the world could not enjoy lasting peace,” Xi said at the study session.

The goal of building a community of common destiny goes beyond the local neighborhood.

Xi once told a conference on foreign affairs that China must have diplomacy with its own characteristics. He then defined the Chinese dream as one of peace, development, cooperation and win-win outcome. By this definition, he linked China’s future with the destiny of the world. INP