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China expects US cooperation in new era

Beijing eyes modernization while contributing to building a world of lasting peace, envoy says

By HENG WEILI in New York | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2024-04-23 07:23
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Editor's note: China's Ambassador to the United States Xie Feng shares his insights on Sino-US relations and the hopes he has for bilateral ties. China Daily looks at the envoy's remarks on the geopolitical situation as well as China's stance on achieving lasting world peace.

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Xie Feng attends the opening ceremony of the Harvard Kennedy School China Conference 2024 on Saturday. CHINA DAILY

In a world beset by conflicts, China has chosen to pursue modernization in its own country while forging "a community with a shared future for mankind" internationally, said its ambassador to the US in a weekend speech.

Ambassador Xie Feng attended the opening ceremony of the Harvard Kennedy School China Conference 2024 on Saturday and delivered the speech, "Chinese Modernization, A Community with a Shared Future for Mankind, and China-US Relations".

Xie said he hoped the US side will work with China and find the right way to get along in a new era, based on mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.

The ambassador said a lot has changed in the world, and "we are now living in a turbulent time".

He cited the ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

"It seems that everywhere we look, we see powder kegs that can explode anytime," Xie said. "Energy, food and debt crises keep emerging. More than 100 million people are displaced, and 700 million are grappling with hunger.

"Nontraditional security challenges such as artificial intelligence, climate change and biosecurity are on the rise," he said. "Worries grow that we may find ourselves in another 'Oppenheimer moment', and the very survival of human civilization is at stake."

The ambassador said the world is again at a crossroads.

"Amidst the raging torrents, we need to pull together, not pull apart. China's choice is clear and firm: At home, we will focus on achieving Chinese modernization; internationally, we will forge a community with a shared future for mankind," he said.

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