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UPDATED: March 13, 2009 NO. 11 MAR. 19, 2009
Foreign Policy Focus
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi discussed China's foreign policy and relations with other countries at a press conference in Beijing on March 7 on the sidelines of the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress. Excerpts follow:

Diplomatic priorities in 2009

We should stay focused on one overarching objective, that is, to make every effort to serve the goal of ensuring steady and rapid economic development in China.


Yang Jiechi, Chinese Foreign Minister  

We should pursue two priorities. The first one is to make every effort to properly handle the impact of the international financial crisis so as to serve the goal of preserving economic growth, the well being of our people and stability in China. The second priority is to make full preparations for the participation of Chinese leaders in a series of important multilateral activities to ensure their success. These major multilateral activities include, among others, the upcoming financial summit in London, the G8 Outreach Session to be held in Italy in July, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, the meeting of prime ministers of SCO member states and the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting in November. What we hope is that with China's participation in these activities we will contribute to making the international order fairer and more equitable.

We should continue to work hard on the following three fronts. First, we will continue to advance security diplomacy to safeguard China's sovereignty, territorial integrity and security interests. Second, we will continue to pursue cultural diplomacy to increase friendship and cooperation between the Chinese people and people of other countries. Third, we will strengthen consular protection to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of Chinese nationals and companies overseas. As more and more Chinese are traveling abroad and more and more Chinese companies are doing business overseas, we must do an even better job in consular protection.

We should continue to work hard in the following four areas: We will continue to promote the steady growth of China's relations with major countries, strengthen friendship with neighboring countries, enhance solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries and take a more active part in seeking proper settlement of global and regional hotspot issues.

The financial crisis

The pressing task now is that all countries must work together to make the upcoming financial summit in London a success. We believe the summit should play a role in boosting public confidence, strengthening coordination in macroeconomic policies, stabilizing financial markets, promoting necessary reforms in the international financial system and international financial regulatory regime, and helping developing countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In this regard, we are ready to work with other countries to weather the storm and make joint efforts to tide over the difficulties brought by the financial crisis. In making use of its foreign exchange assets, China follows the principle of ensuring security, liquidity and value increase. We will make further use of China's foreign exchange assets in line with the above-mentioned principle.

I will soon pay a visit to the United States at the invitation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make necessary preparations for the meeting between President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama in London. I will work with my U.S. colleagues to make plans for China-

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