Xinhuanet reporter Jin Jiaxu
[Learning in progress]On November 22, President Xi Jinping attended and presided over the 30th Anniversary Summit of the China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations in Beijing via video. At this important meeting, Xi Jinping’s important speech contained great wisdom in solving world problems and answering the questions of the times. Xinhua News Agency’s “Learning in Progress” original brand column “Workshop” published articles for you to interpret.
On November 22, President Xi Jinping attended and presided over the 30th Anniversary Summit of the China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations in Beijing via video.
“I am very happy to be with you all in the’cloud’.” At this important meeting, Xi Jinping reviewed the development achievements of China and ASEAN in the 30 years of establishing dialogue relations, summed up historical experience, and drew a blueprint for the future. The speech contained many answers to the world’s problems and answers. The important experience enlightenment of the times contains great wisdom.
4 points of experience
China and ASEAN countries are connected by mountains and rivers, or face each other across the sea, and they are mutually dependent and affectionate. Working together for 30 years, China-ASEAN relations have become the most successful and dynamic model of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and a vivid example of promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. In 2020, the two sides are each other’s largest trading partners, and the scale of bilateral trade has expanded 85 times in the past 30 years.
“These 30 years have witnessed the in-depth development of economic globalization and the profound evolution of the international landscape, and the 30 years in which China and ASEAN have seized the opportunities of the times and achieved leap-forward development of their relations.” Looking back at the 30 years since China-ASEAN dialogue relations have been extraordinary. Xi Jinping pointed out that the achievements of China-ASEAN cooperation in the past 30 years have benefited from the unique geographical proximity and humanities of the two sides, and it is also inseparable from us actively following the development trend of the times and making correct historical choices.
Xi Jinping summed up four points of experience and enlightenment:
-Respect each other and adhere to the basic norms of international relations;
——Win-win cooperation and follow the path of peaceful development;
—— Keep watching and help each other, and practice the concept of closeness, sincerity, benefit and tolerance;
-Tolerance and mutual learning, and jointly build open regionalism.
These valuable experiences are the common wealth of China and ASEAN. They have laid the foundation and provided compliance for the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides. At the same time, they have provided the world with successful examples of international cooperation. Continuously enrich and develop in practice.
For 30 years of solidarity, China-ASEAN relations have ushered in a new starting point for connecting the past and the next.
“China was, is, and will always be a good neighbor, good friend, and good partner of ASEAN.” In his speech, Xi Jinping reiterated his firm determination to further expand cooperation with four “unswerving”.
-Unswervingly take ASEAN as the priority direction of neighboring diplomacy;
-Unswervingly support ASEAN unity and ASEAN community building;
-Unswervingly support ASEAN’s central position in the regional structure;
-Unswervingly support ASEAN in playing a greater role in regional and international affairs.
This firm determination stems from the long-standing historical and cultural origins between China and ASEAN: Oriental culture emphasizes “do not do to others what you do not want to do”, and treat each other as equals and cooperate with each other as common aspirations; China and ASEAN countries have similar histories Encountered, achieving national stability and people’s happiness is the common goal; China and ASEAN live next to each other, and mutual assistance is a common tradition; China and ASEAN have diverse ethnic cultures and religions, and diversity and tolerance are the common genes.
This firm determination stems from the solid cooperation and exchanges between China and ASEAN over the past 30 years: China is the first to join the “Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia” among ASEAN dialogue partners; it is the first to establish a free trade area; high-quality joint construction of the “Belt and Road”; Promote the signing of the “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement”; join hands to respond to challenges such as the Asian financial crisis, the international financial crisis, and the new crown pneumonia epidemic.
Xi Jinping quoted the ancient Chinese saying “The distance between the horsepower and the horsepower will be seen in the hearts of the people” as a metaphor for the exchanges and cooperation between China and ASEAN, and the proverb “Blessed and shared by both China and Brunei” was used to express China’s future-oriented position.
“China’s development will provide more opportunities and inject strong impetus into the region and the world.” Xi Jinping said that China is willing to work with ASEAN to grasp the general trend, eliminate interference, share opportunities, and create prosperity together, so as to implement the comprehensive strategic partnership and move towards New steps have been taken to build a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future.
5 suggestions for “co-construction”
From consultation partners and comprehensive dialogue partners to “good-neighborly and mutual trust partnership for the 21st century” to “strategic partnership for peace and prosperity”, China-ASEAN relations have been continuously upgraded over the past 30 years.
“Today, we officially announced the establishment of a China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership.” At the commemorative summit, Xi Jinping made a new announcement to the world.
This is a new milestone in the history of bilateral relations and will inject new impetus into regional and world peace, stability, prosperity and development.
For the future China-ASEAN relations, Xi Jinping puts forward five suggestions-build a peaceful home together, build a peaceful home together, build a prosperous home together, build a beautiful home together, and build a friendly home together.
These five suggestions provide directional guidance for future development: to be a builder and guardian of regional peace, insist on dialogue, not confrontation, partnership and non-alignment, and work together to deal with various negative factors that threaten to undermine peace; insist on common, comprehensive, cooperative, and cooperative actions. Sustainable security concept; jointly promote regional energy transition; strengthen cooperation in green finance and green investment, etc.
At the same time, Xi Jinping also announced many practical cooperation measures in his speech, covering many aspects such as anti-epidemic cooperation, economic recovery and development, and promotion of friendly cooperation. These suggestions and measures signify that China and ASEAN have closer development relations, deeper cooperation and exchanges, highlighting the golden content of “comprehensive strategic partnership”, and building a “closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future.”
2021 is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. It is also the 20th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, the 30th anniversary of its accession to APEC, and the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the People’s Republic of China to its legal seat in the United Nations. At these important nodes, the core concept of “building a community with a shared future for mankind” runs through them, and “creating a more prosperous and beautiful region and the world together” has become the strong voice of the times.
Inspiring the world with successful development experience and contributing to the world with a responsible China is exactly the wisdom contained in Xi Jinping’s speech.