China will abandon the “zero-sum game” and the “winner-take-all” thinking while building relations with other countries, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on March 23.
Wang said at a luncheon of the China Development Forum, which closed on March 23 in Beijing, that China wants to focus on building a new type of international relations featuring “win-win” cooperation instead of confrontation. This is in sharp contrast to the other proposals which are reliant on a system based on a superpower and other weaker nations.
“China seeks to establish partnerships that are more inclusive and constructive, neither having a hypothetical enemy, nor targeting any third party,” he said.
Shi Yongming, a researcher on Asia-Pacific studies at the China Institute of International Relations, said such an approach is not something that China created out of nothing, but an inevitable trend in the new era.
“Promoting equality and cooperation despite the size of a country is the future direction,” Shi said.
In terms of security cooperation, Wang called for all countries to strive for a secure environment shared by all and help to keep the hard-won peace.
As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, the foreign minister suggested more efforts be made in giving a full play to the United Nations and its Security Council.
“We need to abandon the Cold War mentality of any form and adhere to peaceful negotiations when dealing with disputes between countries,” Wang said, adding that the use or threat of force by any claimant should be opposed.
He also reaffirmed China’s stance on the Ukraine crisis, saying that China will continue to make active efforts in facilitating negotiations and wishes for a peaceful resolution.
Wang noted that relevant parties should strike a balance in addressing the Ukraine crisis.
While efforts are needed in balancing the interest appeals of different regions and ethnic communities in Ukraine, the European nation should also try to be a bridge of communication between the east and the west by maintaining balanced relations with Russia and the rest of Europe, Wang said.