Safeguarding the core interests of China
While China follows a path of peaceful development and advocates win-win cooperation, it regards firmly safeguarding its national core interests as the bottom line. China’s core interests include state sovereignty, national security, territorial integrity, national reunification, its political system established by the Constitution, overall social stability and the basic safeguards for ensuring sustainable economic and social development.
General Secretary Xi Jinping told a study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in January 2013, “We should keep to the path of peaceful development, but we must not relinquish our legitimate rights and interests or sacrifice our country’s core interests. No foreign country should expect us to trade our core interests, or to accept damage to our sovereignty, security or development interests.”