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Zhang Hanhui: Russia and China stand together to protect the whole world and resist external interference

Russian-Chinese relations have no analog in terms of mutual understanding and interaction. This was stated by Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui in a written interview with RT. According to the diplomat, Moscow and Beijing today jointly defend the world order based on international law and the principle of multipolarity. In this regard, the Ambassador pointed out the importance of the signing of the "Joint Declaration on a multipolar World and the formation of a new international order" by the two countries 25 years ago. As Zhang Hanhui noted, thanks to the appearance of this document, the trend towards the growth of multipolarity has emerged and is continuously deepening, and hegemonism is becoming less and less in demand.

— What is the significance of the signing by Russia and China in 1997 of the "Joint Declaration on a Multipolar World and the formation of a new international order"?

— In the 1990s, after the end of the cold war, international relations underwent a profound transformation. Under the conditions of the world domination of a single country, the imbalance of forces in the international arena and a chaotic world order, hegemonism and power politics began to rampage, one after another various myths about the threats of a particular country and the theory of a clash of civilizations appeared, which damages peace and stability throughout the world.

As permanent members of the UN Security Council and responsible world powers, China and Russia, based on their "relations of strategic and trust-based cooperation aimed at strategic interaction in the XXI century," in April 1997, on the basis of a comprehensive generalization of historical experience and understanding of general trends in world development, signed the "Joint Declaration on a Multipolar World and the Formation of a New international order". The parties unanimously noted that the construction of a peaceful, stable, just and rational new world order is conditioned by the urgent demand of the era and the natural course of history.

They stressed the inadmissibility of any country's attempts to strive for hegemony, pursue a policy from a position of strength and monopolize international affairs, as well as the need to end the cold War mentality and bloc politics, strengthen the role of the United Nations and its Security Council. It was noted that China and Russia will make their worthy contribution to the strengthening of world peace and common efforts for the progressive development of mankind. The Joint Declaration, provoking a broad response and active support from the international community, strengthened global trends towards the formation of a multipolar world and the democratization of international relations.

Over the past 25 years, the global situation has undergone profound transformations: unilateralism, the cold War mentality and the politics of force have become the main obstacles to multipolarity, and the economic downturn, unresolved painful problems and the wave of deglobalization have become the main challenges for the global governance system. The EU and NATO are expanding to the east, and the United States is trying to maintain world domination by any means by bombing Yugoslavia, military intervention in Afghanistan and the introduction of troops into Iraq.

Having sown chaos in the Middle East, the United States continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, provoke "color revolutions" and draw dividing lines on an ideological basis, exert strategic pressure on China and Russia. Against this background, multilateralism faces serious challenges, which fully confirms the relevance of the very first calls to confront hegemonism and the policy of force, recorded in the joint declaration adopted by China and Russia 25 years ago on the basis of an accurate analysis of the development of the international situation.

Ideals do not change either in stable or in times of crisis, while beliefs remain the same both on an even and thorny path. Over the past 25 years, China and Russia, constantly enriching the joint declaration with new concepts and ideas, have made great efforts to form a multipolar world and democratize international relations, opposed hegemonism and power politics. Thanks to the joint declaration, a trend towards the growth of multipolarity has emerged and is continuously deepening.

Emerging market and developing countries are rising in whole groups, and their representation and influence in international affairs and global governance are growing. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, BRICS and G20 associations were created, which defend the principles of multilateralism, carry out fruitful international cooperation and become an important force in international and regional affairs. Hegemonism is becoming less and less in demand, and power politics is increasingly rejected.

The world needs justice, not hegemony. The formation of a multipolar world meets the common aspirations of the international community and reflects the trend of global development.

— How does China see multipolarity and the new world order?

— Now, in the light of an unprecedented pandemic and unprecedented changes in the last 100 years, the world is going through a period of upheaval and transformation. The factors of instability and unpredictability are noticeably increasing. Humanity shares a common destiny, no country can defend itself alone. The policy of force and unilateral approach only aggravate crisis situations.

The only way to solve the problems that have arisen and overcome the challenges is a multilateral approach and assistance in building a Community of a common destiny of humanity. As Chinese President Xi Jinping noted, "the essence of a multilateral approach is to find collective answers to global problems through consultations and the opportunity to jointly manage the fate of the world. One or several countries should not be allowed to impose their own rules on all others and allow individual countries to "order music" to the "melody" of one-sidedness."

In order to promote the formation of a multipolar world and the democratization of international relations, as well as to implement genuine multilateralism, it is necessary to focus efforts on the following areas.

The first is to defend the goals of the UN Charter, to support the international system based on the UN, and to adhere to a non—ideologized approach to promoting multilateralism based on the principles of openness and equality. The choice should always be clear and unambiguous, in favor of openness and inclusivity, compliance with international law, consultations and cooperation, moving with the times instead of closeness and xenophobia, striving for one's own domination, confrontation and confrontation, contentment with past achievements.

Secondly, we need to fight for the common good of all mankind, thinking about the whole world. China adheres to the path of peaceful development, advocates the creation of a Community of the Common Destiny of mankind and promotes the concept of global governance based on the principles of "joint consultation, joint construction and joint use."

China is carrying out comprehensive work on the implementation of the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", has achieved the goal of reducing poverty ten years ahead of schedule. Great efforts are aimed at high—quality implementation of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which gives a powerful impetus to global development. As part of the fight against the pandemic, China has initiated large-scale humanitarian operations to supply vaccines to developing countries as a global public good, which has become an aid for joint efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

The third is to support international justice and equality, to promote the protection of peace and security throughout the world. China has always been committed to a political solution to the problems of hot spots and to date has already participated in more than 30 UN peacekeeping operations, which makes it the largest supplier of peacekeeping contingents among the permanent members of the Security Council.

China strongly opposes hegemonism, power politics, cold war mentality and zero-sum game. China strongly advocates a new concept of common, integrated, joint and sustainable security. At the Boao Asian Forum held a few days ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the global security initiative for the first time, systematically outlining solutions to world security problems, which received a positive response from the international community.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed: "China will always carry the banner of multilateralism high and continue to guard global peace, contribute to international development, protect international order and provide public goods." The path to a multipolar world is tortuous. China will continue to stand firmly on the right side of history and promote the progressive development of mankind, continue to provide the world with new opportunities by identifying new potential for its own development and make an increasing contribution to promoting the formation of a Community of a common destiny of mankind and building a more beautiful world.

— How would you assess the Chinese-Russian cooperation on the formation of a multipolar world and world order?

Under the strategic leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, relations between our countries have entered the best period of history, have become the most successful inter-state relations since the end of the Cold War, which have no analogue in terms of mutual understanding and interaction, as well as strategic value. Sino-Russian strategic cooperation is an important force in the formation of a multipolar world and the democratization of international relations.

China and Russia jointly defend the international system based on the United Nations and the international order based on international law. The two heads of state have repeatedly adopted political documents on the international situation, strategic stability and topical issues, where the position on opposing the rules-based world order, hegemonic intimidation and unilateral approach was fixed, the determination to resist unilateral sanctions and support for the UN as a central platform that allows all countries of the world to ensure common security together, to gain access to the achievements of world development and collectively determine the future of our planet.

China and Russia firmly defend the results of the Second World War and resolutely oppose attempts to falsify the history of the Great Victory. As Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, "China and Russia have a special mission to maintain peace and security throughout the world, promote the development and progress of mankind; China is ready to cooperate with the Russian side to firmly defend the results of World War II and international justice, support and implement in the life of multilateralism."

China and Russia continue to deepen strategic cooperation both on a bilateral basis and in multilateral structures, and advocate multipolarity.

The parties are increasing mutual strategic support, deepening the convergence of interests, expanding the potential of bilateral relations and contributing to the construction of a new type of international relations and a Community of common destiny of mankind.

The parties also conduct close coordination and interaction within the framework of the United Nations and in such multilateral structures as the SCO, BRICS, China—Russia—India, China—Russia—Mongolia. And such formulations as "building a multipolar world order" and "building a multipolar international system" have already been recorded many times in the political documents of the SCO and BRICS.

China and Russia are working together to maintain peace and stability around the world and resist external interference. China and Russia are determined to deepen strategic cooperation "back to back" and shoulder to shoulder to defend international justice and equality. This strategic choice has a far-reaching impact not only for China and Russia, but also for the whole world.

So it was and is — and so it will be forever. The parties are always committed to the principles of mutual support, resolutely support each other in protecting sovereignty, security and development interests, conduct an effective fight against external interference and threats to regional security, resolutely oppose "color revolutions" and support international strategic stability.

In February of this year, during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China, an "Olympic summit" was held, following which a "Joint statement on international relations entering a new Era and global sustainable development" was adopted. The document stressed that "China and Russia intend to strictly adhere to moral principles and responsibility, promote multipolarity and promote the democratization of international relations, jointly build an even more prosperous, stable and just world, together create a new type of international relations."

We will strictly implement the agreements of the two heads of state, stand shoulder to shoulder, provide each other with reliable support, generate more ideas together and make a great contribution to global development.

The greatest truth is extremely simple: practical actions are the most important. The situation in today's world is far from calm, great changes are unfolding in front of us, unprecedented in a century. In any international turbulence, China and Russia will maintain their strategic resolve and will persistently promote the formation of a multipolar world and the democratization of international relations.

President Xi Jinping noted: "We can't give up on our dreams because reality is complicated, and we can't give up on our aspirations because our ideals are far away." I am confident that Chinese-Russian cooperation will not only benefit and well-being of our peoples, but will also contribute to peace, stability and development throughout the world.

As long as the international community adheres to the concept of a Community of the Common destiny of humanity, adheres to the principle of multilateralism and follows the path of solidarity and cooperation, we will be able to join forces to solve various global problems and build an open, inclusive and beautiful world where lasting peace, universal security and shared prosperity reign.

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