We must be conscientious in our efforts to attain a thorough understanding and full grasp of the theoretical essence and scientific quality of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. We must truly align our thoughts and actions with General Secretary Xi’s important speeches, the guiding principles of the Central Conference on Diplomatic Work, and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy.
1. We need to accurately grasp major trends in both China and the world in the new era.
Xi Jinping emphasized that a proper understanding of the international landscape must be based on a correct outlook on history, on the bigger picture, and on the role of our country. Viewing from the history, we will undoubtedly face various difficulties and challenges on the road ahead. Beginning from a point of domestic and foreign strategy integration, we must courageously enter the fray, and carry out a great struggle that has many contemporary characteristics. Viewing from the bigger picture, peace and development continue to be the main theme of our era. Therefore, we should continue to uphold the principles of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, strive to develop a new model of international relations, and build a community with a shared future for humanity, in an untiring effort to advance the noble cause of peace and development for humankind. Viewing from the role of our country, as China steadily moves toward global center stage, its development has become closely linked with the outside world. Thus, we need to remain firmly committed to the path of peaceful development, participate in global governance more actively, and play a greater role in international affairs. We need to understand at a deeper level any new changes in the development of China and the world, clearly recognize new connotations and accurately grasp new patterns in China’s global relations and interactions, and actively steer our country and the world in a new direction.
2. We need to be effective in our diplomatic work during the historic convergence of the Two Centenary Goals.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the period between the 19th and the 20th national congresses of the CPC is when the timeframes of the Two Centenary Goals converge, a period of special significance in the Chinese nation’s historic path to rejuvenation. During this period, we should fully understand and pay attention to both the trend of accelerated global multi-polarity, and the ongoing profound adjustments in major-country relations; both the trend of continued development of economic globalization, and the ongoing profound changes in the global economic landscape; both the trend of stability of the international environment, and the existing complex international security challenges; and both the trend of proliferating intercultural exchanges and mutual learning, and the reality of clashing ideas and cultures. It is the responsibility of China’s diplomatic work to properly respond to and defuse the various risks and challenges arising from the superimposition of China’s period of historic convergence with the transitional period of global transformation. We need to balance domestic and international considerations, and strengthen strategic and comprehensive planning, in a bid to create a favorable external environment for national development and rejuvenation.
3. We need to resolutely implement the Central Committee’s strategic arrangements regarding diplomatic work.
Xi Jinping emphasized that we should constantly create new prospects for our diplomacy based on the focal points of the work of the Party and the country; that we should uphold the building of a community with a shared future for humanity in order to push the global governance system in a fairer and more equitable direction; that we should uphold the principle of shared growth through discussion and collaboration to ensure that the Belt and Road Initiative achieves a deeper and more practical level of significance, progresses steadily, and has far-reaching outcomes; that we should properly manage China’s relations with other major countries and build a framework for major-country relations characterized by overall stability and balanced development; that we should maintain good diplomatic practice with neighboring countries to create a more friendly and favorable surrounding environment; that we should deepen solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries and work together in opening up new prospects for common development; and that we should promote a deeper level of exchange and mutual learning between China and the rest of the world. By implementing the strategic arrangements of the Central Committee and grasping domestic and global trends in the new era, we can facilitate the rise of China’s major-country diplomacy to new heights in accordance with the central theme of serving national rejuvenation and promoting human progress.
4. We need to constantly strengthen the CPC’s centralized, unified leadership of China’s diplomatic work.
Xi Jinping pointed out that diplomacy is a direct embodiment of the will of the state, and that we must insist that the country’s diplomatic authority rests with the Central Committee. The defining feature of Chinese socialism is the leadership of the CPC, and it is this leadership that is also the greatest strength of the system of Chinese socialism. The historic achievements of China’s diplomacy since the 18th National Congress are a direct result of the firm leadership of the Central Committee, and the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. In firmly upholding the authority and centralized, unified leadership of the Central Committee led by Xi Jinping, we will ensure that the CPC acts as an overall leader and coordinator in all aspects of China’s diplomatic initiatives, and that the Central Committee’s principles, policies, and strategic arrangements related to diplomacy are implemented.