We in China have a saying, “When all means are exhausted, changes are necessary; once changes are made, things will improve.” Whether for a country or the entire world, adaptation to keep pace with the times is necessary in order to maintain its vigor. To build a more equitable, just and effective architecture of global governance meets the common aspiration of all countries.
In addressing regional and international issues,Chinaadheres to the principles of equality, fairness and justice and calls for seeking political settlement of relevant issues through peaceful negotiation. In addressing these issues,Chinabases its position and policy on the merit of each particular case and endeavors to uphold justice.
That is why we regard the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as its greatest dream since modern times. The Chinese dream is as much the dream of every Chinese as it is the dream of the whole nation. It is not an illusion, nor is it an empty slogan. The Chinese dream is deeply rooted in the hearts of the Chinese people.
In approaching China-U.S. relations, one should see the larger picture and not just focus on differences, just as a Chinese saying tells us, “When important things are addressed first, secondary issues will not be difficult to settle.”
Both history and reality show that China and the United States stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation.
China has always pursued a defense policy that is defensive in nature and a military strategy featuring active defense. In strengthening our defense and military building, we are not going after some kind of military adventure. It never crosses our mind.
play to public opinion by talking big
one needs to take a longer view
As an ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius said, “It’s only natural for things to be different.”
As an old Chinese saying goes, “Learning alone without exchanges with others will lead to ignorance.”