Building Relations with Neighboring Countries Based on Friendship, Good Faith, Mutual Benefit and Inclusiveness
At a symposium on relations with neighboring countries on October 24, 2013, Xi Jinping described China’s neighborhood diplomacy as one rooted in the principles for building strong relations with its neighbors based on friendship, good faith, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.
Friendship involves good-neighborly interactions, mutual support and assistance, and frequent reciprocal visits, and is informed by equality, cultural affinity, and empathy. The more we do to win the hearts and minds of our neighbors, the stronger our ties will become. Strengthened friendship helps us win support for the goals we pursue on the world stage, and enhances our appeal and our influence in world affairs. Good faith is indispensable if we want to work with and win trust from our neighbors. We need more friends and partners. Mutual benefit is the foundation on which China cooperates with its neighbors. It helps strengthen networks for those who share common interests, and enables China and its neighbors to benefit from each other as they pursue their development strategies. Inclusiveness is key to regional cooperation. Underpinned by the belief that the Asia-Pacific region is large enough to accommodate us all, it encourages open-mindedness as we work more proactively towards our shared goals.
The emphasis on friendship, good faith, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness represents the essence of China’s policy of good-neighborliness, as part of China’s peaceful development strategy. It also reflects the fresh thinking on foreign policy of China’s new leadership.