China will reform and renovate the existing world order to better fit the time, instead of creating a new one, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said on Wednesday.
“Our forefathers built the current world order on the ashes of World War II 70 years ago,” Wang said at a press conference during the National People’s Congress and CPPCC annual joint session. “It crystalized the common effort of many nations and the collective wisdom of the human race.”
Wang compared the world order to a well-designed building, with multilateralism as the most important cornerstone and international organizations such as the United Nations the most important pillars.
“The building may be aging and eroded,” Wang said. “But it is still shielding us from wind and rain, playing an indispensable role in maintaining world peace and facilitating human development.”
Wang added that China will play a more active role in defending the legitimate rights of developing countries. “A great nation has more resources and stronger ability to shoulder more responsibility,” Wang said.
Wang also said that China could not build success by damaging the interest of the United States, the world’s largest economy.
“We need to surpass the traditional zero sum game mindset,” Wang said. “The common interest between China and the US has become increasingly extensive.”
Both countries will seek further development at a new starting point as president Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreed on the importance of the “One China” principle.
Trump triggered a diplomatic row with China last December before assuming office because of a telephone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. China has long regarded Taiwan as a breakaway province after the Communist Party drove the Kuomintang to Taiwan in 1949 in the Civil War.
Wang also praised the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as a person who is willing to listen and can have in-depth communication. “We believe we can establish a good working relationship.”