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People's Daily Online -- China adopts more pragmatic attitude in regional, international affairs

People's Daily Online -- China adopts more pragmatic attitude in regional, international affairsChina adopts more pragmatic attitude in regional, international affairs
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During the just-ended 10th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Beijing, China and Russia have reached a series of agreements, from trade and economic cooperation to fight against terrorism, for the in-depth development of bilateral ties.

In the coming weeks, Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and the Republic of Korea, and attend the APEC meeting. US President George W. Bush is expected to start his second official visit to China. Chinese leaders will also participate in the first East Asia Summit in Malaysia in December.

Such frequent visits and international activities embody China's all-round diplomatic strategy with a pragmatic attitude, commented experts on international relations in Beijing.

Ruan Zongze, deputy director of China Institute of International Studies, said a flurry of major diplomatic activities reflect China's pursuit of a sound international environment crucial for the country's steady and peaceful development.

"Great differences exist among neighbours of China, a fact that requires China to give top priority to its relations with neighbouring countries," Ruan said.

At the same time, many of China's neighbours pin hopes on the country, as its rapid economic growth has become a power engine that helps drive the growth of its neighbours' economy, said Ruan.

As a perfect model of China's foreign policy toward its neighbours, the China-Russia strategic partnership of cooperation has, in recent years, witnessed remarkable progress thanks to a frequent exchange of high-level visits and intensified coordination in regional and international affairs between the two countries.

The ASEAN nations, China's major neighbours, are also assuming importance in China's foreign policy.

In his meeting with visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a week ago, President Hu said China is ready to enhance communication and coordination with the ASEAN members in an effort to push forward the establishment of a China-ASEAN free trade area and East Asia regional cooperation.

China and ASEAN declared a strategic partnership in 2003 and a China-ASEAN free trade area is scheduled to be set up before 2010.

The Chinese president also mentioned China attaches importance to the first East Asia Summit, respects the consensus reached by the ASEAN members, and supports ASEAN's leading role in the summit for the meeting's success.

The inaugural East Asia Summit will be held in Malaysia on Dec. 14, at which the ASEAN members will meet China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to the steady development of its relations with neighbouring countries, China also commits itself to enhancing communication with major countries in the world in an effort to expand common interests and properly handle disputes.

Since the beginning of this year, President Hu has visited countries and regions in South East Asia, Central Asia and North America. He also held talks with leaders of other countries at the Asia-Africa Summit, the G8 plus five summit and the UN summit meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said the upcoming tour, which starts next Tuesday and will bring Hu to Britain, Germany and Spain, will not only help beef up the cooperation between China and these countries in economic, sci-tech, education and cultural sectors, but also conduce to cementing political mutual trust.

In a few weeks, the planned visit of President Bush to China will definitely be a significant event in China's foreign affairs at the end of the year, as the China-US exchange of visits has always been a focus of public attention.

In September, President Hu met with President Bush in New York and the two agreed to further improve exchanges to expand consensus and cooperation. Bush said he was planning to visit China in November after a summit of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in the Republic of Korea.

It is believed that the upcoming meeting between the two presidents in such a context will play a positive role in eliminating doubts and enhancing mutual trust, so as to help set up a new mode of cooperative relations between the two countries.

Source: Xinhua

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