China says will settle disputes with neighbours through talks

China will play a constructive role in resolving regional hotspot issues and settle territorial and maritime disputes with neighbours through talks this year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

In remarks at a New Year reception in the Chinese capital, Wang outlined the country’s diplomacy for 2018 on Tuesday and said China would “broaden cooperation and narrow differences” with its neighbours to jointly build a “community of shared future” in Asia.

“China will continue to play a constructive role in resolving regional hotspot issues, and promote settling disputes and conflicts through dialogues and consultation,” he said, adding that China’s preference for dialogue and partnership over confrontation and alliance has opened up exciting possibilities for this new approach to state-to-state relations.

Addressing foreign diplomats to the country, Wang said China will further promote the Belt and Road construction this year.

“We have forged greater synergy for the Belt and Road Initiative. The first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation yielded over 270 outcomes and facilitated a number of major cooperation projects, creating a strong momentum of extensive participation from around the world,” a foreign ministry release quoted Wang as saying.

He said the new “BRICS plus” approach adopted at the Xiamen Summit will turn BRICS into a “new platform for South-South cooperation with global influence.”
With other developing countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Arab world, China would add “new dimensions” to its cooperation mechanisms and build a new type of international relations.

In 2018, Wang said, China would remain committed to opening up as a fundamental policy to a mutually beneficial strategy. “We will stay actively engaged in reforming and developing the global governance system to make economic globalisation more open, inclusive and balanced so that its benefits can be shared by all.”


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