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Commentary: "A community of shared future for all humankind" -- a Chinese concept winning U.N. recognition
Last Updated: 2017-03-20 10:50 | Xinhua
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The Chinese concept of building "a community of shared future for all humankind" was on Friday incorporated into a U.N. Security Council resolution for the first time, reflecting the extraordinary charm and vitality of the notion.

It also embodies growing global recognition of China's great contribution to global governance.

The U.N.'s acceptance and incorporation of the Chinese concept into its resolution is of great significance and will have far-reaching influence.

Earlier this month, the call of Ma Zhaoxu -- the head of the Chinese mission to the United Nations in Geneva -- for protecting human rights and building a community of shared future for all humankind on behalf of 140 countries on the sidelines of the 34th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council also struck a chord in the minds of representatives of other countries.

The world is now at a critical juncture when it is faced with such increasing challenges as a rising trend of anti-globalization, terrorism and the refugee issue. As economic downturn still bites, instability and uncertainties have become a normal phenomenon. Therefore, how to lead a perplexed world to move forward is a key question on the table for politicians, strategists and scholars alike to ponder over.

Facing a world somewhat spiralling out of control, some Western countries' strategic have made choices that are virtually disappointing. Some of them choose to lock themselves in their small worlds, while others turn to protectionism and pursue narrow-minded "nation first." It's under such a circumstance that people turn their eyes to the East.

The report of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012 first proposed the concept of "a community of shared future for all humankind." Within the following four years, Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned and illustrated the concept on various occasions.

In September 2015, Xi proposed the roadmap of building "a community of shared future for all humankind" at a United Nations (U.N.) summit. In January 2015, he further expounded his concept in a comprehensive, profound and systematic manner at the U.N. Office in Geneva.

By proposing the concept of "a community of shared future for all humankindy" and a roadmap thereof, China has offered the Chinese wisdom and Chinese plan for solving major problems concerning the future of mankind.

The concept has shown China's global view and responsibility as a big power, and is bound to leave its mark in international relations.

Philipp Charwath, chair of the 55th session of the U.N. Commission for Social Development, noted that the concept has offered inspiration to a world beset by rising challenges and risks.

"In the long run, it profits us all," Charwath said, "I think that's how I understand the concept, and that's how the U.N. work can profit from the concept."

The concept of "a community of shared future for all humankind" can be traced to the essential connotation of China's five thousand years of civilization. The concept, embodying the Chinese people's hope for a harmonious world, is a creative development of the traditional spirit in the new era of globalization, where all countries around the world share prosperity and losses, and are increasingly interconnected with one another.

Therefore, joint cooperation is an effective way of development promotion.

According to British scholar Martin Jacques, a professor at Cambridge University, China has provided a new possibility, that is, abandoning the law of the jungle, hegemonism and power politics and the zero-sum game and replacing them with win-win cooperation and co-construction and sharing. This is an unprecedented pioneering work and a great creation to change the world.

The concept of "a community of shared future for all humankind" is a fresh idea, featuring Chinese characteristics and the spirit of the time, initiated by China to reform and rebuild a world order, and a new top-level design to lead global governance.

The concept reflects Chinese style, power and responsibility that go beyond ideology and traditional geopolitics.

According to Ross Terrill, a research associate at Harvard University's Fairbank Center, China's global governance idea focusing on the goal of building "a community of shared future for all humankind" has shown the country's strategic thoughts on long-term development of bilateral ties between China and other countries, and has injected new impetus into the effort to establish a new world order.

The concept of "a community of shared future for all humankind" has proven practical when dealing with hot issues such as the Iran nuclear issue and the Korean peninsula issue, as it calls for consultation and coordination of international affairs among countries. It also involves the Belt and Road Initiative, generous emergency aid and other efforts.

China's Belt and Road Initiative -- the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road -- put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.

Building "a community of shared future for all humankind" is the essence of major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, and a torch of the time that leads the world in the 21st century.

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