A more balanced approach to upholding principles and pursuing interests
China advocates properly handling the relations of principles and interests in international relations. In politics, all countries should abide by international law and the basic principles governing international relations, uphold equity and justice, and treat each other with equality. In economics, they should size up the overall situation, take a long-term perspective and pursue mutual benefit and common development. That is, they should pursue a good life for themselves, and wish others a good life as well.
President Xi Jinping has pointed out that principles reflect the values that we cherish. In the world today, some people have a good life, while others do not. This is not a good situation. True happiness should be shared and enjoyed by all. China wishes the whole world to develop together and developing countries to develop even faster. In pursuing interests, all countries should abide by the principle of seeking mutual benefit, rather than taking a zero-sum approach. China is obliged to provide assistance to poor countries within its own capacity. In some cases, it even puts principles above interests and sacrifices its interests for principles, instead of calculating gains.
A more balanced approach to upholding principles and pursuing interests is a continuation of the fine traditions of China’s diplomacy and embodies the values cherished by this socialist country with Chinese characteristics.