Opinion: China Can Provide Certainties in an Uncertain World

CGTN, February 22, 2017 | 作者: Cui Hongjian | 时间: 2017-02-28 | 责编: Wang Jiapei
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Since Britain chose to leave the EU and the US elected Donald Trump as their president, "uncertainty" became a word that seems to explain everything. For countries and their leaders, uncertainty makes it difficult to identify a clear direction and make right choices.

While many western countries are grappling with a lot of uncertainties, China is looking to contribute more positive energy to the world in the form of certainties, by sharing its ideas and opportunities. This was the message delivered by Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, when he attended the G20 meeting and the 53rd Munich Security Conference. 

As the host of the last G20 summit in Hangzhou, China is ready to work together with Germany, the host of this year's summit, and other members for ensuring the continuity and efficiency of its agenda. When touching on the three main topics of this year's summit: the agenda of sustainable development, maintaining peace and greater cooperation with Africa, Wang Yi tried to show his peers China's thoughts and solutions as follows:

First, development and peace are linked and influence each other. The global economy needs to achieve sustainable development and an equitable distribution of opportunities, and this in turn will allow world peace to get a solid foundation for the long-term. This means all parties should continue to put development issues as the priority agenda of the G20.

Secondly, to enable sustainable and efficient cooperation, all parties should stick to multilateral collaboration with the United Nations as the core mechanism, and be guided by the rules of general application.

Thirdly, China is working hard to realize the goals of the G20 by putting poverty reduction as its top priority on its sustainable development agenda, by implementing the Belt and Road Initiative as a framework for cooperation with other countries, and by investing in the China-United Nations Fund and development aid to Africa. 

Because of uncertainty, we seem to be incapable of defining the age that we are living in. The original rules have been changing, but a new model has not yet appeared or been widely accepted as a consensus. This provides the background for the official document released by the 53rd Munich Security Conference, which concluded pessimistically that we are going to jump into a world of Post-Truth, Post-West and Post-Order. Following this year's conference, more certainties need to be quickly established, especially on transatlantic relations under Trump's governance, bilateral relations between big powers and Syria's future destiny.

However, policymakers may be disappointed with the limited and ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s failure to form a stable foreign policy, as Washington continues to be mired in a debate between traditionalists and anti-establishment voices.

At this critical moment, listening to the calm and rational voice from China would be of great benefit for overcoming uncertainty. In his speech, Foreign Minister Wang proposed that all parties adhere to the concept of cooperation, and make the right choice by insisting on multilateralism, strengthening collaboration between big players and enhancing global governance and regional cooperation.

Once Western and non-Western countries achieve sincere cooperation by following the above principles and approaches proposed by Wang Yi, international and regional security will be ensured for a long time. With that foundation of certainty, the arrival of a post-West world order would not necessarily mean a pessimistic destiny for the international community. 



Dr. Cui Hongjian is Senior Fellow and Director of European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies. The article reflects the author's opinion, not necessarily the view of CGTN.



Source: CGTN, February 22, 2017.