China committed to being a stabilising force in hotspot issues, says Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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18th February 2024 – (Munich) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed China’s willingness to act as a stabilizing force in dealing with hotspot issues during his keynote speech at the Munich Security Conference’s “China in the World” session. Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, emphasised China’s approach of exploring solutions to hotspot issues with Chinese characteristics while adhering to non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs and opposing the imposition of wills on others.

Wang underscored China’s commitment to objectivity and fairness, opposing the pursuit of personal gains. He advocated for political settlements and denounced the use of force. Wang highlighted China’s active mediation in achieving historic reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which triggered a “wave of reconciliations” across the Middle East. This, according to Wang, exemplified President Xi Jinping’s Global Security Initiative.

Addressing the recent escalation of the Hamas-Israel conflict and rising tensions in the Red Sea, Wang emphasized that the Palestinian issue remains the core of the Middle East problem. He referred to the longstanding injustice of generations of displaced Palestinians without a legitimate state. China firmly stood on the side of equity and justice, working towards a ceasefire and an end to violence while prioritizing civilian protection.

China played an instrumental role in pushing the United Nations Security Council to adopt its first resolution on the Hamas-Israel conflict. Wang also mentioned China’s position paper on the political settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. China called for expediting the realization of an independent Palestinian state and organizing a larger and more effective international peace conference to achieve peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel.

Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Wang highlighted China’s unwavering efforts to promote peace. President Xi Jinping personally engaged in extensive communication with leaders of the countries involved, including Russia and Ukraine, and played a constructive role in crisis management. China issued a position paper on the issue and dispatched special envoys for mediation. China’s ultimate goal was to build consensus on ending the war and paving the way for peace talks.

China has consistently advocated for a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue. Wang stressed the urgency of preventing a vicious circle, addressing legitimate security concerns, and working towards cooling down the situation and restoring stability.

In Myanmar, China urged the parties to sign a ceasefire agreement in Kunming while firmly upholding peace and stability in northern Myanmar. China encouraged ASEAN to promote a proper settlement of the Myanmar issue based on non-interference in internal affairs.

Additionally, China actively supported inclusive and moderate governance in Afghanistan to prevent the resurgence of terrorism.