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China plays important role in safeguarding world peace
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2011-09-06 14:47

China plays an important role in safeguarding world peace and meeting global challenges, says a white paper titled as "China's Peaceful Development" issued on Tuesday.

China is the only nuclear-weapon country that has publicly stated that it will not be the first to use nuclear weapons, or use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones, the white paper says.

According to the white paper, China has dispatched about 21,000 personnel on 30 United Nations peacekeeping missions, which is the highest number among the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

"China takes an active part in international cooperation in anti-terrorism and nonproliferation," it says.

"It provides humanitarian aid and dispatches rescue teams to countries hit by severe natural disasters and deploys naval escort fleets to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia," it says.

According to the paper, China is a member of over 100 intergovernmental international organizations, a party to over 300 international conventions, and an active participant in building the international system.

"China is the first developing country to formulate and implement the National Climate Change Program," says the white paper.

"It is also one of the countries which have made the greatest efforts in energy saving and emission reduction and which have made the fastest progress in developing new and renewable energy sources in recent years,"it says.

China has played a constructive role in addressing international and regional hotspot problems. For instance, it calls for resolving the Korean nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and other hotspot issues through peaceful talks, and has helped to establish the Six-Party Talks mechanism on the Korean nuclear issue, the white paper says.

China has settled historical boundary issues with 12 land neighbors. It calls for settling disputes over territory and maritime rights and interests with neighboring countries through dialogue and negotiation. For instance, China has made a constructive proposal to "shelve disputes and seek joint development" and done its utmost to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea, East China Sea and the surrounding areas, it says.

China seeks to promote common development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region by pursuing bilateral cooperation and participating in regional and sub-regional cooperation, says the white paper.

"China's development since New China was founded in 1949 and particularly since the reform and opening-up policies were introduced in 1978 shows that China is an important member of the international community which has contributed its due share to bringing about a more just and equitable international political and economic order," it noted.

The white paper, released by the State Council Information Office, introduces the path, objective and foreign policy of the peaceful development and elaborates on what China's peaceful development means to the rest of the world.

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