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
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
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.