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Wang Yi: Multilateralism Should Be Upheld in the New Era

On July 3, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák. Wang Yi expressed that under the current international situation, it is a major subject of how to uphold, improve and develop multilateralism. Multilateralism in the new era should:

Take win-win cooperation as the goal. Global challenges call for global response, which means that any country or several countries cannot go it alone. It is against the will of people to put one's own national interests above everything and impose conflicts upon other countries. The sustainable peace and common development of the world can only be achieved by upholding win-win, multi-win and all-win outcomes and advocating extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.

Take upholding order and rules as the foundation. We should safeguard the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Every country should honor its commitment, fulfill international obligations, and abandon the attitude of citing international law when it sees fit and discarding international law when it sees otherwise. All countries should strive to keep in alignment with higher international standards with consideration for actual situations of all countries and regions.

Take upholding fairness and justice as the gist. Multilateralism cannot hold its ground without the pursuit for justice; multilateralism cannot go far without the realization of justice. We should ensure that every country has extensively participated in global governance on an equal footing. The most important thing is to expand the representativeness and the rights to speak of developing countries as well as small and medium-sized countries in international affairs.

Take effective actions as the guidance. Multilateralism can only be achieved by deeds instead of words. At present, all countries should jointly maintain the international system with the UN as the core, work together to safeguard the international trade rules with the World Trade Organization as the core, make joint efforts to promote the settlement of regional hotspot issues through dialogue and consultation, and join hands to deal with global threats and challenges such as terrorism and climate change.

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