|Big power ties and Africa feature high on Beijing’s diplomatic agenda next year
Foreign Minister Wang Yi has outlined the diplomatic priorities for next year, including improved ties with big powers and closer relations with neighboring countries.
“China will further build a framework for its relationships with big powers, which should feature positive interactions and healthy development," Wang said at a forum in Beijing on China's diplomacy in 2013, Xinhua reports.
China will deepen strategic mutual trust and integration of interests with other big powers, he said.
China will build a new type of relationship with the United States with greater results of cooperation, expand cooperation with Russia in various fields, coordinate development strategies with the European Union and enhance cooperation with other developing big powers, he noted.
China will consolidate friendship with neighboring countries.
Wang said China will insist on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and strive for the resumption of the six-party talks; safeguard national sovereignty and dignity while settling territorial and maritime disputes with neighboring countries via dialogue; and promote Afghanistan's political reconciliation and economic reconstruction.
Wang stressed the country's traditional friendship with other developing countries, noting that China will expand cooperation with Africa, implement its aid commitments and push for new breakthroughs in trade and economic ties with Africa.
China will also enhance cooperation with Arab countries and Latin America, Wang said, vowing to struggle for justice and preserve the interests of developing countries.
He highlighted China's strategy to forge a Silk Road economic zone and a Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, noting China will strive for an "early harvest" in those efforts.