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The World Is Expecting Sunshine of Lasting Peace

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Author: | Source:The People's Daily (November 01, 2017)

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“China pursues dialogue instead of confrontation, embraces partnerships rather than alliances, shows its confidence and is determined to take a new path of great power peaceful diplomacy.” This is an acclaim from the international community. Isn’t it a resonance? 

“We call on the people of all countries to work together to build a community with a shared future for mankind, to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.” The Report of the 19th National Congress of the CPC takes building a community with a shared future for mankind as the general goal of China’s diplomacy and indicates five directions for building a community with a shared future for mankind among which “lasting peace” is put in the first place. Undoubtedly, lasting peace is a prerequisite for building a community with a shared future for mankind. Without the soil of peace, there will be no development, cooperation or prosperity.  

Regarding how to maintain lasting peace, the Report of the 19th National Congress of the CPC clearly points out that “We should respect each other, discuss issues as equals, resolutely reject the Cold War mentality and power politics, and take a new approach to developing state-to-state relations with communication, not confrontation, and with partnership, not alliance.” This is based on the thinking of development trends of the world and China's development path. It is a constructive program put forward by China for future development of human beings based on comprehensive consideration of interests of all parties concerned and common well-being of mankind.  

As one of the most important symbols of the progress of human civilization, peace has been unremitting pursuit of people all over the world for thousands of years. After the end of World War II, in order to avoid a recurrence of historical tragedy, China, the Soviet Union, the USA, the UK, etc. held a joint discussion to establish the United Nations based on the victory of World War II, which promoted the establishment of post-war international order and laid a foundation of international law and system for safeguarding world peace, thus the world achieved overall peace in more than 70 years thereafter.  

However, peace is obviously not once and for all. The German weekly publication Der Spiegel (lit. “The Mirror”) released a paper entitled How Should We Measure the World Peace? in this April on its website stating that some researchers warned that the world peace has experienced the “10-year retrogression” since the beginning of the 21st century. More pessimistically, Randall Schweller, an American scholar, used the “Age of Entropy” to describe the current disordered world. In his opinions, international norms exist in name only, the bottom line of morality is trampled on, and the line between victims and victimizers is blurred. Everyone may protect or destroy peace. The 71st session of the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace in last December, and solemnly declared that everyone is entitled to enjoy peace. However, a few developed countries voted against the “Right to Peace,” the basic right for human existence.  

Looking around the world, the deficit in peace still exists in some places as a reminder that we still have a long and hard way to go before we really achieve lasting peace.  

How could human existence and development be separated from peace which is like air and sunshine? What beliefs and actions do we need to build a world with lasting peace? These are what the people in the world should consider. The Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres delivered a speech about the “United Nations Day” on October 24. When responding to severe challenges facing by the world currently including dangers to peace, he said, “Now we have tools and funds for coping with these challenges. What we need is willingness.” Professor Charles A. Kupchan of Georgetown University pointed out in his book How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace that arbitrary use of power will cause check and balance and damage rule-based order. Instead, the implementation of strategic restraint has developed and supported the international community. Lasting peace needs mutual reassurance and respect, rather than mutual suspicion and anger.  

In the presence of divergent thoughts, the greatest common divisor only exists in the path of peaceful development. It is the right choice and the way of human existence and development to reject the Cold War mentality and power politics, stick to the path of peaceful development and make efforts to safeguard world peace in real earnest. Only in this way, can we cope with various challenges which threaten and undermine the peace and coagulate solid force to maintain lasting world peace. “China pursues dialogue instead of confrontation, embraces partnerships rather than alliances, shows its confidence and is determined to take a new path of great power peaceful diplomacy.” Through the interpretation of the great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, we know it is an acclaim from the international community. But, isn’t it a resonance?  

Promoting the building of a world with lasting peace is not only the direction of efforts for the great power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, but also a prerequisite for China and other countries to jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind. We hope that the sunshine of lasting peace will shine over our planet truly with joint efforts of all countries.


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