To promote the common cause of peace and development

“We should vigorously advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom,
which are the common values of humanity, and work together to provide the right guiding
philosophy for building a better world,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Oct. 25.

He made the remarks when attending a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the restoration
of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China In the UN in Beijing. What he said fully
demonstrated the major country responsibility of China.

Philosophy points direction for progress, and thoughts decide what actions shall be taken. Today’s
world is facing changes unseen in a century, and to build a better world is a common pursuit of all

The vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by Xi has charted
the course for the building of the better world. At the General Debate of the 70th Session of the
UN General Assembly in September 2015, the Chinese President for the first time put forward the
concept that peace, development, equality, justice, democracy and freedom are the common values
of all mankind and the lofty goals of the UN.

Ever since, he has expounded on the concept on multiple important bilateral and multilateral
occasions, which reflects China’s commitment to and practice of the common values of all
mankind. The concept mirrors the common causes, ideals and pursuits of people from across the
world, and is the greatest synergy of different countries, nations and civilizations. It is more and
more recognized and supported around the globe.

Peace and development are ultimate hopes of mankind, as well as a theme of today’s world. Peace
is like air and sunshine that benefit the world in a silent way. However, without them, the world
can barely survive. To protect peace, something more precious than gold, is a responsibility that
shall be taken by every country. Development holds the master key to solving all problems, and is
an important premise for enhancing human wellbeing. Without development, there’s no foundation
for peace. The results of a country’s development benefit the rest of the world when the country
takes care of the reasonable concerns of other countries as it seeks its own interests, and when it
promotes common development of the world through its own development.

President Xi’s diplomacy reflects China’s profound thinking on and practical actions of building a
world that enjoys lasting peace and common prosperity.

“The sunshine of peace, development and progress will be powerful enough to penetrate the
clouds of war, poverty and backwardness.” “Pass on the torch of peace from generation to
generation, sustain development and make civilization flourish: this is what people of all countries
long for; it is also the responsibility statesmen of our generation ought to shoulder.” President Xi
has repeatedly showcased his broad mind to establish a world of common prosperity. He takes the
aspiration for a better world of the people around the globe as a goal, and calls on all parties to
promote peace and development.

The founding of the UN was a milestone in humanity’s pursuit of peace and development. The
restoration of China’s lawful seat in the UN has made the force for world peace and development
stronger than ever before.

Over the past 50 years, the Chinese people have stood in solidarity and cooperation with people
around the world and upheld international equity and justice, contributing significantly to world
peace and development. The commitment to the path of peaceful development made by China, a

country with 1.4 billion people, as well as its efforts to pool resources and concentrate on
managing its own affairs well, are indeed a major contribution made by the country to world peace
and development.

The Chinese people are peace-loving people and know well the value of peace and stability. They
have unswervingly followed an independent foreign policy of peace, stood firm for fairness and
justice, and resolutely opposed hegemony and power politics. The Chinese people are a strong
supporter of other developing countries in their just struggle to safeguard sovereignty, security and
development interests. The Chinese people are committed to achieving common development.
From the Tazara Railway to the Belt and Road Initiative, they have done what they could to help
other developing countries, and have offered the world new opportunities through their own

Just as Xi stressed when meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres via video link on
Oct. 25, an important experience from the 50 years of cooperation between China and the UN is
that China should hold fast to the UN ideals, stay committed to multilateralism, and earnestly
contribute to world peace and development.

Amidst changing international circumstances and facing frequent global challenges, all countries
should take peace and development as a common cause. They need to strengthen solidarity, not
create estrangement; they need to advance cooperation, not provoke conflicts.

Standing at a new starting point of history, China is willing to work with the rest of the world to
vigorously advance the common values of humanity, and make greater contributions to the
common cause of peace and development, and the building of a community with a shared future
for mankind.

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