China does not intend to over-step its strength: Yang
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Last Updated: Monday, March 01, 2010, 14:45
Beijing: China does not intend to over-step its strength while playing a role in international diplomacy, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Monday, seeking to allay apprehensions in some quarters on his country's rapid rise.

At the same time, the Minister said China would not shy away from its responsibilities in the international arena, and will meet its global obligations "within its capacity".

"China will never shirk from international roles that are within our capacity, and will continue to meet our global obligations. At the same time, China, as a developing country, will make more contributions within its capacity to world peace and development," Yang said.

"We won't do things that go beyond our strength and current level of development," he told the official China Daily ahead of this week's annual session of China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC).

Seeking to play down apprehensions of confrontation with the US and India, he said China will use its full repertoire of diplomatic skills to deal with international affairs, but there may be issues "beyond its influence".

In his interview, Yang also referred to 'threat perceptions' fuelled by China's rapid economic development.

Yang said with its growth China has played a positive role in the world which has benefited people around the world.

"Facts will continue to show that China's development poses no threat to anyone; instead, it offers more opportunities for all," Yang said.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during his visit here last week had sought a more pro-active role from Beijing in Afghanistan and in Indo-Pak ties.

"There are those who really want China to play a bigger role and those who overestimate China's strength, exaggerate and play up China's capacity to influence world affairs," Yang said.

He said calls for China to play a bigger role in international affairs have to be considered "in an objective and rational way, and with the full understanding that China will for long remain a developing country".

"In the difficult year of 2009, China worked hard to contribute as much as 50 per cent to the global GDP growth, which benefited not only the Chinese, but also many countries and people in the world," he added.

Yang said China has developed a framework of all-round diplomacy to deal with major world powers, neighbouring countries, developing nations and global organisations.

There was a brief reference to boundary issues in Yang's interview without directly referring to Sino-Indian boundary dispute and redressal mechanism set up by the country.

Yang said diplomacy has become increasingly interconnected with the development of the country. For instance, he said, Olympics-related diplomacy was the focus of the foreign ministry's work in 2008, while combating the global financial crisis was the major task in 2009.

Yang said that 2010 is a crucial year in countering the impact of the financial crisis and striving for economic recovery.

Outlining the tasks for this year, Yang said China will stay committed to the path of peaceful development and win-win strategy of opening-up.

"China will actively deal with the challenges in the political, economic and security spheres in the post-economic crisis era to preserve national sovereignty, security and development interests," he said.

"China will continue to work to make the international order fairer and more equitable and develop cooperative and productive relations with other countries on the basis of the code of conduct of international relations," he said.


First Published: Monday, March 01, 2010, 14:45

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