China committed to peaceful development

Updated: 2012-03-01 08:09

By Zhao Shengnan (China Daily)

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BEIJING - The peaceful development path China is committed to taking combines its own interests and the common interests of humankind, while safeguarding the nation's core interests, a Chinese official said on Wednesday.

Wang Yajun, a policy researcher at the Foreign Affairs Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said that China is not repeating the traditional development model by seeking hegemony, but would like to share its destiny and expand common interests with the other countries.

"China is not a strange or special case, but shares many similarities with the rest of the world," he said. "China is seeking development with the world while developing itself."

He made the remarks while explaining the white paper on China's peaceful development to more than 90 military attaches from around 70 countries.

The document, issued by the State Council Information Office on Sept 6, embodies China's outlook on nation building and foreign policy. It is the second of its kind since 2005.

China's accomplishments in the more than 30 years since the launch of the reform and opening-up policy are closely related to support from the international community, he said.

"The central goal of China's diplomacy is to create a peaceful and stable international environment for its development."

Meanwhile, "China would unswervingly uphold its core interests and respect other countries' legitimacy, rights and interests", he said.

The white paper stated China's six core national interests as sovereignty, national security, territorial integrity, national reunification, China's political system and overall social stability, and they are the basic safeguards for ensuring sustainable economic and social development.

"Every country has its own core interests, a red line that cannot be crossed or given up. If any country only focuses on its own interests while neglecting the others, it will not be accepted by the international community," he said.

Wang said that cooperating with China, a booming economy, would bring great opportunities to the whole world.

US Army Assistant Army Attache Daniel W. Peck said: "It is always welcome to have more engagement with the People's Liberation Army, and more opportunities to explain each other's points and to gain more mutual understanding of each other."

Japan also would like to diversify and intensify military exchanges with China, said Masahiro Sakurai, the country's naval attache.

Economic globalization and developments in science and technology have created the conditions for China to embark on the path of peaceful development, which is different from the traditional pattern where a rising power was bound to seek hegemony, said Guo Zhenyuan, an expert at the China Institute of International Studies.