Beautiful Qinghai – From the Origin of the Three Rivers to the World
– Address by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Event of MFA Presenting Qinghai Province
MFA Lanting, 26 November 2019
Welcome back to Lanting. Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to Secretary Wang Jianjun, Governor Liu Ning, all the diplomatic envoys and friends from the press.
Shining in the limelight of our event today is Qinghai, a province located on the “Roof of the World”. It is one of the places closest to the sky, and a pristine land where man and nature co-exist in harmony. A success story is now unfolding in Qinghai about the interactive development between ecological environment and sustainable growth.
Qinghai is a treasure trove of China’s ecological resources. The Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Lancang River originate from here, nourishing the country and the people for generations. The Origin of the Three Rivers is known as China’s “water tower”. The Qinghai Lake, an important reservoir of water sources, provides habitat for nearly 300,000 water birds every year. Here in Qinghai, man and nature have formed a community of shared future where people protect the eco-environment like protecting their eyes.
Qinghai is a highland of China’s green development. It is home to China’s largest circular economy pilot zone. It boasts the country’s largest capacity of renewable energy installation as well as power generation. Its clean energy supply ranks first around the world. The Beijing Daxing International Airport that recently went into service is powered by clean energy from Qinghai. With a focus on green development, people in Qinghai are making great strides toward high-quality development.
Qinghai is an important hub along the Silk Road Economic Belt. A meeting place of the ancient road linking the capital of Tang Dynasty and Tibet and the Tea-Horse Road, Qinghai connects China with its friendly neighbors to the southwest. It has witnessed the long-standing friendship between Han and Tibetan ethnic communities. For hundreds of years, people of Han, Tibetan, Mongol and Hui ethnic groups have come together and learned from each other, creating diverse cultures and a great history of ethnic solidarity and common progress. Today, Qinghai is an active player in the Belt and Road cooperation. More and more China-Europe freight trains are passing through the province. And Qinghai is further expediting opening-up and cooperation with the outside.
The great achievement by Qinghai is an epitome of China’s development and rejuvenation, and a telling example of our success in promoting the modernization of governance. There are various models of governance and different paths to development in the world. We always believe that each country should be allowed to choose what suits its national realities best. China has made tremendous progress in developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. Whatever challenges may lay ahead, we will stay on this path with a strong resolve, which we believe over time will lead to an even more promising future.
As 2019 draws to an end, we see a world confronted with challenges more daunting than before as well as ever stronger aspiration for peace, stability and development shared by people around the world. In conducting China’s diplomacy, we have looked beyond the changing landscape and worked actively to foster a community with a shared future for mankind. We have remained steady in a volatile world and taken solid steps toward building a new type of international relations. And we have remained clear-eyed and made proactive efforts to shape the course of global governance reform. No matter how the world evolves, we will stand firmly for multilateralism and against unilateralism, for win-win cooperation, global partnership and an open world economy and against all forms of hegemony and power politics. China will always be an anchor for human progress and development.
The year 2020, which is just around the corner, will be a landmark year for China’s development. We are on track to realize the first centenary goal. Absolute poverty, which has haunted the nation for several thousand years, will soon become a thing of the past. It is also the year when China will complete the building of a moderately prosperous society. Since 2016, the Foreign Ministry has held 21 events to present Chinese provinces, regions and municipalities to the world. Next year, we will present more central and western parts of China with a focus on the central tasks of poverty reduction, all-round development and modernizing governance. With this, we hope to help build an even stronger domestic economy and create greater opportunities for win-win cooperation between these provinces and the world.
Before I conclude, I highly recommend that you all visit Qinghai to see and experience the province in person. I hope you will enjoy the beauty of China’s nature in the new era, its development, harmony, and happy lives of the Chinese people.