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Jia Qingguo: Planning for a Sustainable Future

MAY . 04 2016
Peking University, April 29, 2016: On April 20th, Jia Qingguo, dean of the  School of International Studies, went to the United Nations (UN) and gave a speech concerning China's foreign policies during the high-level panel discussion and luncheon on the subject of “Planning for a Sustainable Future—China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.”
Invited by the China Energy Fund Committee, Jia participated in UN’s activities—“Telling the Stories of China (Part 4)—Building a Fairly Well-Off Society: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan and International Influence.” At the public meeting, Jia delivered a speech and analyzed China’s contemporary foreign policies.

Jia Qingguo giving a speech in the public meeting
In the speech, Jia pointed out that China has set many lofty goals in the 13th five-year plan period. In order to achieve these goals, China has to concentrate on the coordination of domestic development and reform. In view of that, the fundamental purpose of China’s foreign policies is to preserve a favorable international environment in order to develop and reform itself.

Therefore, according to Jia, there are several aspects that may become the focuses of the Chinese government. He pointed out that China has to establish a holistic view of national security. Domestic and foreign policies should be well integrated and coordinated to complement each other.
At the scene of the public meeting
Jia also said that China was committed to building a new type of major-power relationship, especially a new Sino-US relationship. Furthermore, China should maintain its relations with its neighboring countries based on amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.

Additionally, Jia said that China should further develop economic relations and trade through “One Belt and One Road”. It has to promote the industrial transformation and upgrading. Jia also pointed out that China should play an active role in regional economic integration and global governance.

Jia Qiingguo in the UN
Besides, Jia was also aware that China would be faced with all kinds of difficulties and challenges in that process. He thought that the government should prudently deal with foreign relations and hot international issues, especially Sino-US relations and the South China Sea issue. China should always try to balance the interests of different parties and strengthen international cooperation.
Written by: Zhou Yixiu
Edited by: Xu Liangdi