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Wang Yi on Common Visions and Common Interests Shared by Asian Countries

2020-09-24

On September 24, 2020, when attending the CICA Special Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, countries in Asia may have different history, national realities, social systems, cultures and traditions, and are faced with multiple hotspot issues, disagreements and differences. Yet, the broader common visions and common interests have enabled us to rise above differences, enhance solidarity, build mutual trust and expand cooperation.

We all believe in diversity and equality of civilizations. As descendants of ancient Asian civilizations, we see the world as diverse, civilizations as colorful, and all countries as equals. No civilization is superior to others, and no one should intentionally provoke clashes among civilizations. Countries should transcend differences in ideologies and social systems. We should all respect, appreciate and learn from each other, and help each other succeed.

We all shoulder historic responsibilities of rejuvenation and development. Faster development, better lives for the people and national rejuvenation are the shared aspiration of all countries in Asia. We need to support each other in exploring a development path suited to our national realities, share governance experience, and foster greater synergy in our development strategies to achieve high-quality development.

We all call for peaceful solutions to disputes. The interwoven traditional and non-traditional security threats means no country can stay safe all by itself. We should value amity and cooperation, and pursue good-neighborliness and partnership with our neighbors. We all stand against the willful use of force, power politics and interference. And we are all committed to exerting Asian wisdom to seek durable political solutions through equal dialogue.

We all uphold the value of multilateralism. We support the UN-centered multilateral system, follow the basic norms governing international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and recognize the important roles of the UN and its specialized agencies in international affairs. This is an area of greatest consensus of all CICA members, and has guided our efforts in pursuing regional and sub-regional cooperation and working for a multi-polar world and democracy in international relations.

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