Building a community of destiny to face global challenges

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — A pandemic like COVID-19 could reveal how humanity would respond to a global challenge.

Over the past two years, some countries have taken care of themselves at the expense of others, some have thrown mud and shifted blame, and others have engaged in bullying and stolen vaccines.

For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping made his argument crystal clear: solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapon to defeat the virus.

He has called for global solidarity many times and advocated for a community of health for all.

Global humanitarian action has been launched, the largest since 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was founded. In 2021 alone, China provided more than two billion doses of vaccines to some 120 countries and international organizations, more than any other country in the world. One in two vaccines administered worldwide came from China.

“Amid the raging torrents of a global crisis, countries are not traveling separately in some 190 small boats, but rather all in one giant ship on which our common destiny rests,” Xi said.

A fundamental logic is that humanity shares a common future.

It also underlines the direction of Chinese diplomacy in the new era.

“Humanity, living in the same global village at the same time when history and reality collide, has increasingly emerged as a community of common destiny in which each has a bit of the other within,” Xi told the Moscow State Institute. International Relations, Russia, March 2013.

This marked the beginning of his flagship vision of building a community with a shared future for humanity.

Based on the ideal of universal harmony in Chinese culture, the vision embodies an advanced worldview and represents a comprehensive and revolutionary transcendence from the realpolitik approach to international relations in the West. This is one of the latest theoretical advances in the adaptation of Marxism to the Chinese context and to the needs of the time.

Based on this vision, China has forged bilateral and regional communities with a shared future. She also proposed building such communities in the areas of cyberspace, nuclear security, oceans and health.

The vision has been enshrined in the Constitution of the Communist Party of China, the country’s Constitution, as well as documents of multilateral mechanisms, including the United Nations (UN) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. It has increasingly become an international consensus.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, Xi has made 41 overseas trips as Chinese president, with footprints spanning 69 countries on five continents. China has explored a new path of developing state-to-state relations based on communication, not confrontation, and partnership, not alliance.

“Frequent trips abroad can be exhausting, but we are rewarded with a wider network of friends,” Xi said.

China has established diplomatic relations with 181 countries. It also has partnerships with more than 110 countries and international organizations.

Unlike a few countries that have engaged in hegemony and intimidation, China has remained committed to fairness and justice in the international arena, stuck to broad consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and continued to stand up and speak out on behalf of developing countries.

China believes that global affairs should be jointly managed by all countries. It advocates true multilateralism. There is only one set of rules in this regard – the basic norms governing international relations underpinned by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

The vision of a community with a shared future for mankind is the quintessence of Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era of Chinese diplomacy. This is China’s proposal for solving the problems facing mankind and advancing world peace.

Building such a community is “the only future for humanity on this planet,” said Peter Thomson, president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

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