China playing proactive role in promoting peace and stability in the region: Zheng Xiwen


China strictly follows the policy of mediation and political dialogue in addressing the bilateral and regional conflicts, said Zheng Xiwen, a senior member of Chinese think-tank.

While commenting on “China towards geo-political situation in the region”, he said  China now has become an internationally recognized force, playing a peaceful, positive and constructive role in these issues.  According to Zeng, China has always been on forefront in helping the distressed people across the world. When the Iraq War broke out in 2003, China offered $407,300 in humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees who fled to Jordan. Later, China reiterated its promise to provide $25 million worth of aid to Iraq.

During the country’s reconstruction process, Chinese enterprises helped Iraq rebuild its oil industry, as well as restore Iraq’s nationwide telecommunication service.

Aside from Iraq, China is sparing no effort to resolve the Afghanistan issue and ease conflict between Palestine and Israel. China’s contributions can also be found in hot spots such as Syria, Iran, North Korea, as well as Sudan and South Sudan.

What’s more, China is an active and responsible stakeholder in UN-led actions. Among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China has deployed the most forces to undertake international peaceful missions.

The IMF even stated that the ratio of China’s contribution to the world economy has reached 30 percent, and that for each percentage point the Chinese economy grows, the economy of Asia as a whole will expand by 0.3 percent.

China has remained a consistent supporter of less developed countries. The foreign aid that China provided amounted to 89.34 billion yuan from 2010 to 2012, and China has granted zero tariff-rate quotas to 95 percent of products from the least developed countries. This proportion will increase to 97 percent in 2015, exempting these imports from taxes of 500 million yuan.

China is also a generous facilitator in helping these least developed countries get access to WTO.

China’s overseas investment has grown sharply in recent years, with non-financial direct investment amounting to $90.17 billion in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 16.8 percent.

China is now one of the big five in terms of capital export, serving as a significant factor in helping some countries and regions reenergize their economies, increase employment and improve local people’s livelihoods.  That is why in the US-Africa Summit earlier this year, many African leaders rebutted some groundless accusations against China, which besmirched China’s generosity to Africa as selfishness designed to exploit African resources, saying instead that Chinese investments have brought real benefits to Africa.

China is also stepping up efforts to launch an Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, which will play an important part in boosting Asian economy and regional economic cooperation by providing funds for infrastructure and other productive sectors of these Asian countries.  China insists on taking the path of peaceful development, and it is dedicated to promoting the same vision around the globe.  By reinforcing dialogue and cooperation with other Asian countries, setting up a regional code of conduct in security issues, and building security partnerships, China will help create a region where mutual trust and equal cooperation is the norm.

China will use its wisdom to help peacefully resolve hot spot issues through political and diplomatic means.