Extracts from Foreign Minster Wang Yi’s Interview to Xinhua
Reporter: The United States seeks to create an “Indo-Pacific” version of NATO and promotes the “Indo-Pacific strategy” to “expand its personnel” to the north. How would you comment on China’s surrounding security situation? Do you discuss measures to maintain stability in the surrounding areas with the visiting four countries?
Wang Yi: Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia are important neighbors in Northwest China. China pays close attention to the situation in this region and sincerely hopes that all countries will maintain long-term stability, development and prosperity. In recent years, the overall momentum of China’s relations with and between neighboring countries has been good. At the same time, world turmoil has intensified, and regional security is facing new threats and challenges. International terrorist organizations and regional “three (evil) forces” have become active again. Certain extraterritorial forces used various excuses to intervene in the internal affairs of countries in the region, and even instigate a new round of “color revolution”. At the same time, they fabricated all kinds of lies to maliciously discredit China and Russia and other emerging economies out of their need to maintain unipolar hegemony, unreasonably implement containment and suppression, and even coerce other countries to choose sides in an attempt to create the so-called “new cold war.” This kind of behavior breaks through the bottom line of state-to-state exchanges and is not in the common interests of all countries. The international community will not accept it and will certainly leave a disgraceful record in history.
During this visit, all countries agreed that security and strategic cooperation are the embodiment of high-level mutual trust between China and other countries and an important part of all-round cooperation. All parties positively evaluated the results of bilateral strategic security, defense exchanges, and law enforcement and security cooperation. Facing the new situation, China will strengthen cooperation with other countries in three areas.
One is to actively practice a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept. Deepen security cooperation in traditional and non-traditional security fields, and jointly respond to risks and challenges. China and other countries are not only a community of interdependent interests, but also a security community that is in the same boat. They are willing to make greater efforts to maintain world peace and stability and build a community with a shared future for mankind.
The second is to continuously improve the level of security cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral levels, and work together to combat the “three forces”, drug smuggling and transnational organized crime. All parties welcome the “Global Data Security Initiative” proposed by China a few days ago, and believe that this initiative is of positive significance for promoting the formulation of global data security rules and building an open, cooperative, and secure global data space. China will work with other countries and other countries that are willing to advance this process.
The third is to firmly support each other in following a development path that suits their own national conditions and that the people choose independently, and oppose any person or force to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs under any pretext. China is willing to strengthen exchanges of experience in state governance and administration with other countries and safeguard each other’s political and political security. Friendly neighbors such as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are about to usher in an important political agenda, and China wishes them every success.