Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone has told journalists over the weekend that his country’s foreign policy is to help build a harmonious world with a shared future where mankind will live happily and peacefully. He said China pursues an independent foreign policy of peace, and is ready to enhance friendship and cooperation with all other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. “In the past seven decades and more since the founding of the People’s Republic, China never provoked a war, or occupied an inch of land of others. China has enshrined in the National Constitution its commitment to peaceful development, and China is the first country in the world to make such a solemn pledge.”
The Ambassador averred that China is the largest contributor of UN peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the Security Council and the second largest contributor to UN peacekeeping fund. “China actively seeks for political settlement of major regional hotspot issues under the UN framework, such as the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syria issue, the South Sudan issue, and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. China will continue to follow the path of peaceful development, and will never seek hegemony or expansionism. We will always be a staunch force for peace in the world.”
Ambassador Hu Zhangliang reiterated that China pursues a foreign policy of upholding international fairness and justice. China, he said, does not affiliate itself with any country, nor seeks to control any country or form confrontational alliances against other countries. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always stands on the side of peace and justice, speaks out for developing countries and works with others to foster a more fair and equitable international order and system.
He averred that China has been a signatory to almost all international treaties and agreements, and has been faithfully fulfilling its due international responsibilities and obligations, rather than quitting the treaties or agreements whenever its own interests are not served, as a certain country has been doing. “We pursue a foreign policy of building a community with a shared future for mankind. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, China promotes the construction of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation and a community with a shared future for mankind. China actively promotes the Belt and Road Initiative to achieve mutual benefit and common development for all.”
The Ambassador said when COVID struck the Chinese people and people of other countries came to each other’s aid. He said President Xi Jinping engaged in intensive discussions with other world leaders to promote international cooperation on combating the virus, so as to build a global community of health for all. Through massive efforts and with rigorous measures and enormous sacrifice, he said China emerged as one of the first countries to stem the spread of the disease, contributing substantially to the global fight against the virus.
“While combating the virus at home, China provided strong support to other countries. All these stand in stark contrast with certain country’s selfishness, blame-shifting and zero-sum game. We sent medical supplies and personnel to more than 100 countries including the United States, and we shared all of our data with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries so as to find a lasting solution to the virus.” Ambassador Hu said the Chinese government will continue to work with other countries to eradicate the virus and other diseases and hope that most of the vaccines developed by the bigger countries including China will be available by October.
He said the Chinese vaccine will be shared with Africa as soon as it is ready so Africa can end the death and economic challenges on the continent.