China declares international stance in position paper

Beijing, Sep 22 (IANS) China’s position on international issues, including terrorism and cyber security, was expounded in a paper, which experts say will be closely linked to President Xi Jinping’s speech to be delivered at a UN summit following his US visit.

China’s position paper fully states the nation’s position and propositions on significant issues to be discussed in a series of upcoming UN summits, such as peacekeeping, public health and security, education, climate change and human rights, the Global Times reported on Tuesday.

“We must reject double standard and not link terrorism with any particular country, ethnicity or religion,” the paper said.

As for cyber security, “China is in favour of stronger international cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and the establishment of a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace”.

The paper also stressed the necessity of developing international rules under the supervision of the UN.

“President Xi’s speech to be delivered at the UN summit will be closely linked to the position paper, as the international community is keen to know China’s views on the present global order,” Wu Xinbo, director of the Centre for American Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, said.

China’s voice should be uttered and heard regarding what the international order will evolve into, including China’s advocacy of the win-win cooperation, UN reform and the post-2015 development agenda, Wu said.

Xi will visit the UN headquarters in New York from September 26 to 28 to attend a series of summits to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UN.

Both Xi’s speech and the position paper will reflect China’s perspective and stance on worldwide peace, development and cooperation, Zhang Yansheng, director of the Institute for International Economics Research under the National Development and Reform Commission, said.

“China doesn’t want to challenge any country, but we do want to live in a world with peace, development and cooperation,” Zhang added.

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