China’s public diplomacy is flourishing

Zhao Qizheng • 1 •

2016 Public Diplomacy Wenzhou Forum and Charhar Institute Annual Conference on Public Diplomacy were held on October 28-29 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. More than 300 people in the fields of political studies and administration, the academia and businesses took part the events, where experts and scholars discussed how to contribute Chinese civilization and wisdom to innovating global governance under current international circumstances. Chief Editor of Public Diplomacy Quarterly Zhao Qizheng delivered a keynote speech entitled “China’s Public Diplomacy Is Flourishing.” This article is edited from his speech.

Special Report Community of shared future

Community of shared future and the direction of China’s public diplomacy

Zhao Kejin • 4 •

Community of shared future has become a popular term in Chinese diplomacy since the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in late 2012, attracting wide attention at home and abroad. In the congress report, the CPC Central Committee, for the first time, put forward the concept of a community of shared future. Since then, the CPC Central Committee led by Xi Jinping has coordinated its efforts in handling both international and domestic situations, and resolutely taken the path of major-power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, enriching and developing the concept in both theory y and practice. In particular, Xi has expounded the essence of community of shared future on many international occasions, and conveyed China’s understanding of the concept to political and business leaders and the media. The concept is winning the understanding and support of more and more countries and peoples around the world. The idea of community of shared future has become a guiding principle of China’s diplomacy, leading China’s diplomatic efforts to open up new vistas.

The origin, characteristics and value of the concept of “community of shared future”

Xie Xiaoguang & Chen Xinjiang • 11 •

The concept of a community of shared future is a guiding principle of the strategic thought and values of Chinese diplomacy, expressing the understanding of humankind’s interests and values. This concept has its origin in Marxist philosophy regarding world history and human existence. It came from the view of benevolent governance found in traditional Chinese culture. It embodies the values of the entire humanity which includes China’s fine traditional cultural values. It represents an innovation and development of Marxist community theory under current circumstances. It means that all peoples share common respect, the fruits of development and guarantee of security. It expresses China’s wish to pursue peace and its sense of responsibility in sharing prosperity with other countries. It demonstrates China’s peaceful rise and serves as an important guiding principle for China’s participation in global governance. Putting people first is the prerequisite for building a community of shared future; the correct outlook on having justice and seeking interests is the basic norm for building such a community; and upholding values is a basic path for achieving such a community.

Understanding the “community of shared future” from the perspective of Chinese culture

Chen Shuisheng • 16 •

At present, the international community has entered a key stage featuring adjustments in setup, systematic transformation and changes in strength. Overall the situation is becoming more complicated and mutable. After the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China in late 2012, General Secretary Xi Jinping has drawn aspiration and governance wisdom from the profound ancient Chinese culture. He has put forward a new proposal to establish a community of shared future, and advance the building of a new type of international relations with mutually beneficial cooperation as its core, positively directing the development of international relations in the 21st century. The concept of a community of shared future is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture, with a rich essence and clear Chinese characteristics. In summary, the stamp of Chinese culture on the concept of a community of shared future is exemplified in the ideas of development through putting people first, respecting harmony in diversity, and mutual benefit.

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