H.E. LEI KEZHONG
The Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs of China was held in Beijing from December 27 to 28, 2023. Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a systematic explanation of building a community with a shared future for mankind, forming the latest achievement of Xi Jinping’s Thought on Diplomacy. His speech serves as an answer to questions such as: What kind of world is to be built? How do you build such a world?
A community with a shared future for mankind becomes one of the “China keywords” widely discussed in the international community. On New Year’s Eve, President Xi Jinping delivered his 2024 New Year message and once again pointed out that China will work closely with the international community for the common good of humanity, build a community with a shared future for mankind, and make the world a better place for all.
So what is a community with a shared future for mankind? How can all countries in the world realise this vision together?
I would like to share my understanding with our Basotho friends.
Building a community with a shared future for mankind is the core tenet of the Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy. Ten years ago, President Xi Jinping creatively put forward this important concept, and in the subsequent decade, it has developed from a Chinese initiative to an international consensus, from a promising vision to substantive actions, and from a conceptual proposition to a scientific system, from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to the Global Development Initiative (GDI),
Global Security Initiative (GSI), and Global Civilization Initiative (GCI)
Like an African proverb says: one single pillar is not sufficient to build a house.
President Xi Jinping also quoted the philosophy of Ubuntu to highlight the interdependence and interconnectedness of all peoples. This African philosophy of wisdom believes that “I am because we are.”
It serves as a vivid interpretation of the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind. In building a community with a shared future for mankind, the goal is to build an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world of lasting peace, universal security, and shared prosperity.
The pathway is promoting global governance that features extensive consultation and joint contributions for shared benefit; the guiding principle is to apply the common values of humanity; the basic underpinning lies in building a new type of international relations; the strategic guidance comes from the implementation of the GDI, GSI, and GCI; and the platform for action is high-quality Belt and Road cooperation.
On this basis, we seek to bring countries together to meet challenges, achieve prosperity for all, and usher in a bright future of peace, security, prosperity, and progress for our world. However, as the world has entered a new period of turbulence and transformation, the historical process of building a community with a shared future for mankind still faces challenges.
In order to build a broader international consensus and provide more effective solutions to address the major issues and challenges facing the world today, China calls for an equal and orderly multipolar world and a universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalisation. To cope with the challenges facing the world today, China calls for an equal and orderly multipolar world. It means all countries, regardless of size, are treated as equals, hegemonism and power politics are rejected, and democracy is truly promoted in international relations.
To keep progress towards greater multipolarity generally stable and constructive, the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter must be observed by all, the universally recognised basic norms governing international relations must be upheld by all, and true multilateralism must be practiced.
It means that the legitimate interests and demands of every country in the international forum are respected, and every country plays its own role and makes its own contribution.
All countries have a place in the evolution of the international landscape, and whoever is “big” can’t have the final say.
To achieve prosperity for all, China calls for universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalisation. A universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalisation is one that meets the common needs of all countries, especially developing countries, and properly addresses the development imbalances between and within countries resulting from the global allocation of resources. It is important to resolutely oppose the attempt to roll back globalisation and abuse the concept of security, oppose all forms of unilateralism and protectionism, firmly promote trade and investment liberalisation and facilitation, overcome the structural problems hindering the healthy development of the world economy, and make economic globalisation more open, inclusive, balanced, and beneficial to all. No country should be left behind on the road towards global development and prosperity.
President Xi Jinping firmly stated that China and Africa have always been a community with a shared future during his visit to Africa in 2013. Both China and Africa aspire for a multipolar world and greater democracy in international relations, and both benefit from economic globalisation.
At present, relations between China and Africa are enjoying their best period in history. The two sides rely on the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the “Belt and Road” initiative to gradually form a comprehensive, multilevel, and multifaceted cooperation framework.
As a result of this cooperation, tangible results have been achieved across the African continent in various areas, improving conditions for economic and social development in Africa while bringing real benefits to both peoples.
In Lesotho, China has either completed or is on the verge of completing a number of infrastructure and livelihood projects, including the Mafeteng Solar Energy Power Plant, the 91-km Mpiti-Sehlabathebe Road, and the Maseru District Hospital and Eye Clinic.
China has dispatched 17 batches of Chinese medical teams with more than 180 outstanding doctors to Lesotho since 1997, helping to enhance medical services and health care for Basotho friends. Looking ahead to the future, we see enormous potential in the development of China-Lesotho relations.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Lesotho. Guided by Xi Jinping’s Thought on Diplomacy, we will take the 30th anniversary as a new starting point to further advance China-Lesotho relations and elevate our practical cooperation to a new stage in a more robust way and with more solid measures. I believe in the new era of China’s advocacy for building a global community of shared futures, and with the joint efforts of our two countries, we will deliver a better future for both Chinese and Basotho.
(H.E. Lei Kezhong is the Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Lesotho)