Remarks by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Foreign Ministry’s 2016 New Year
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, 6 January 2016
State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Madam Le Aimei,
Your Excellencies Diplomatic Envoys and Representatives of
International Organizations and the Spouses,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to host this new year reception and meet
you, both old and new friends. On behalf of the Chinese Foreign
Ministry, I extend warm welcome to all of you. I express my heartfelt
thanks to all the diplomatic envoys and representatives of international
organizations present here for what you have done in the past to
strengthen friendship and cooperation between China and the world. My
thanks also go to all other Chinese government departments which gave
strong support to the conduct of China’s diplomacy last year.
The year 2015 was a crucial year for deepening all-round reform in
China. Success only favors those who boldly forge ahead. The Central
Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Comrade Xi Jinping
as the General Secretary led Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a
concerted endeavor to pursue the four-pronged comprehensive strategy.
Bearing in mind both China’s domestic and international interests, we
made advances while maintaining stability and achieved new and major
progress in various fields, and successfully completed the 12th
Five-Year Planfor national economic and social development. In 2015,
China’s economy registered steady and fast growth, and China remained a
major contributor to global growth. The Fifth Plenum of the 18th CPC
Central Committee was held, which adopted a proposal for the 13th
Five-Year Plan, setting ambitious goals for China’s development in the
next five years.
In 2015, all-round progress was also made in advancing China’s
We stayed committed to peaceful development and national renewal.
Focusing on peace and development, the defining trends of our time, we
launched diplomatic initiatives with distinctive Chinese features on all
fronts and made remarkable progress.
We solemnly marked the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese
People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World
Anti-Fascist War. Addressing the world from the Tian’anmen Rostrum,
President Xi Jinping declared that “Justice will prevail! Peace will
prevail! The people will prevail!”, expressing China’s dedication to the
cause of peace and justice of mankind.
We endeavored to promote common development and shared prosperity of
all countries. We championed a vision of innovative, coordinated, green,
open and shared development and created more development opportunities
for the world by deepening the reform and opening-up program.
We released the Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road
Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Roadand signed cooperation
agreements with over 20 countries along the routes. The Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank was inaugurated. The Silk Road Fund went
into operation. A number of major mutually beneficial cooperation
projects were launched. The Belt and Road Initiativeachieved important
early harvests, providing strong impetus to the development and
revitalization of countries along the routes.
We signed agreements on production capacity cooperation with over 20
countries, covering Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Implementation of such agreements signed earlier has started, with
We respectively signed free trade agreements with the Republic of
Korea (ROK) and Australia, which have gone into effect. We concluded
negotiations on upgrading the Free Trade Area with ASEAN. Substantive
progress was made in negotiations on Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership. The convergence of interests between China and other
countries has significantly expanded.
We promoted sound and all-round growth of relations with major
countries. President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to the United
States, reaffirming the goal of jointly building a new model of
major-country relationship and elevating cross-Pacific cooperation.
China and Russia decided to align the Silk Road Economic Belt and the
Eurasian Economic Union. The China-Russia comprehensive and strategic
partnership of coordination continued to maintain high standard
performance. China and the United Kingdom gave greater priority to their
bilateral relations and opened a golden era of global comprehensive
strategic partnership for the 21st century. China and Germany agreed to
deepen practical cooperation and synergize the “Made in China 2025” and
Germany’s “Industry 4.0” initiative. Our efforts to open up new areas of
cooperation with France have led to the signing of the first
China-France joint statement on cooperation with third countries.
Premier Li Keqiang and the leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European
countries had a successful meeting. The four-pronged China-EU
partnership delivered fresh results. China and other BRICS countries
agreed to forge a closer partnership.
We endeavored to build a community of shared future with China’s
neighbors. We formulated with ASEAN a plan of action for cooperation in
the next five years and launched with countries on the Indo-China
Peninsula the process of Lancang-Mekong River sub-regional cooperation.
We continued to grow traditional friendship with Mongolia and other
neighbors, and resumed China-Japan-ROK cooperation after a three-year
hiatus. We adopted with Central Asian countries the development strategy
of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for the next ten years and
enhanced all-round strategic trust and cooperation with South Asian
countries. We firmly upheld territorial sovereignty and maritime rights
and interests; and we strove to manage differences through dialogue and
cooperation and sought peaceful settlement of disputes through
negotiation and consultation.
We launched three main initiatives to boost our cooperation with other
developing countries. In early 2015, the first Ministerial Meeting of
the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean
States was successfully convened, creating a new platform for China’s
cooperation with all Latin American countries. In mid-2015, President Xi
Jinping attended the Asian-African Summit and activities commemorating
the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, enriching the Bandung
spirit. In late 2015, President Xi Jinping and leaders of close to 50
African countries attended the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation, upgrading China-Africa strategic relations. We
unveiled ten cooperation plans to meet the most urgent need of Africa,
lifting China-Africa cooperation to a historical new high.
We actively participated in global governance, taking on our
responsibility for promoting progress of mankind. President Xi Jinping
attended summits marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations
where he announced a number of major initiatives, including the setting
up of a China-UN peace and development fund and an assistance fund for
South-South cooperation, as well as decisions to join the UN
Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System, build a peacekeeping standby
force of 8,000, and exempt debt owed by least developed countries as
part of China’s efforts to fulfill its due international
responsibilities. We released joint statements on climate change
respectively with the United States, France, the European Union, India
and Brazil, announced the creation of a RMB20 billion South-South
cooperation fund on climate change, and made important contribution to
reaching a comprehensive, balanced, ambitious and binding agreement at
the Paris Conference. We actively promoted the political settlement of
hotspot issues such as the Iranian nuclear issue, South Sudan, Syria and
Afghanistan, strengthened international counter-terrorism cooperation,
and played a constructive role in upholding world peace and security.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
China’s 13th Five-Year Planwill be implemented in 2016. Under the
leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the
General Secretary, we will continue to pursue major-country diplomacy
with distinctive Chinese features, shoulder our due international
responsibility, endeavor to foster a more favorable international
environment for finishing building a society of initial prosperity in
all respects, and thus make new contribution to world peace and
We will make every effort to facilitate China’s domestic development.
With promoting the Belt and Road Initiative as the overarching goal, we
will focus on the three key areas, namely, connectivity, production
capacity cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, in accordance with
the three main principles of consultation, joint development and shared
benefits. We will work to make our mutually beneficial cooperation with
other countries deliver more outcomes, and contribute our share to the
smooth launching of the13th Five-Year Plan.
We will strive to lead the way for global growth and host a successful
G20 Hangzhou Summit to unlock new driving force for growing the global
economy. We will offer new solutions to resolving difficulties in the
global economy, and explore new ways to improve global economic and
We will endeavor to uphold world peace, continue our efforts to build
a framework of major-country relations based on constructive interaction
and win-win cooperation, advance the process of seeking political
settlement of hotspot issues, and take an active part in international
We will actively contribute to regional development. We will hold
events to mark the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations,
host the first Lancang-Mekong Cooperation leaders’ meeting, and support
Afghanistan in resuming the domestic reconciliation process. We will
work with other countries to build a community of shared future in Asia.
China is firmly committed to upholding the international nuclear
non-proliferation regime. With respect to yet another nuclear test
conducted by the DPRK today in disregard of international opposition,
the Chinese government has made its stern position clear in its Foreign
We will assume our full share of responsibility and redouble efforts
to ensure the wellbeing of Chinese nationals overseas, and protect the
lawful rights and interests as well as the life and property of Chinese
citizens and businesses overseas.
As a Chinese saying goes, an undertaking can be successful only with
support from all. China cannot grow friendly ties with other countries
without your contribution. Once again, I express my sincere thanks to
all of you. I wish to take this opportunity to announce that the Foreign
Ministry will establish an office for handling affairs relating to
diplomatic missions in China. It will merge related protocol and
consular functions so as to provide more efficient services to foreign
embassies, consulates and representative offices of international
organizations in China. In the new year, the Foreign Ministry will
increase exchanges and cooperation with you and strengthen coordination
and cooperation with other Chinese government departments for
ever-closer friendship and cooperation between China and other
Now, please join me in a toast:
To the friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other
To global peace and prosperity, and
To the health of all our guests.