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Highlights of China's Diplomatic Work over the Past Decade

By chinadaily.com.cnCHINA DAILY|Oct 04,2022

Over the past decade since the 18th CPC National Congress, China has made groundbreaking historical achievements in the diplomatic arena and carried out major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics on all fronts.

A news conference on China’s diplomatic work was held by Vice-Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu and Vice-Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Guo Yezhou in Beijing on Thursday.

Here are some key takeaways from the news conference.

President Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries pose for a group photo before attending the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept 16, 2022.

President Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries pose for a group photo before attending the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept 16, 2022. (Photo/ Xinhua)

Fruitful head-of-state diplomacy

President Xi Jinping has made 42 overseas trips to 69 countries on five continents in the past decade. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xi has held 181 talks over the phone with leaders of states and international organizations and attended 78 international events via video links.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Solomon Islands' Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele sign a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations after their talks in Beijing, Sept 21, 2019. Wang Jing

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Solomon Islands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele signed a joint communique on establishing diplomatic relations after their talks in Beijing on Sept 21, 2019. (Photo/ China Daily)

Widening friendship

China has established diplomatic relations with 181 countries and partnerships with more than 110 countries and regional organizations.

The CPC maintains contacts of various forms with more than 600 political parties and organizations worldwide.

A batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives at Bandaranaike International Airport

A batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug 28, 2021. (Photo/ Xinhua)

Advancing the building of a community with a shared future for humanity

China has signed more than 200 cooperation agreements with 149 countries and 32 international organizations involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, China has shared containment protocols and diagnostic and treatment plans with more than 180 nations and international organizations, sending 38 medical teams to 34 countries and providing more than 2.2 billion doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and global bodies.

Anita Kiki Gebe, deputy joint special representative of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), awards UN peace medal to a soldier of the 2nd China Medium Utility Helicopter Unit (CMUHU02) in El-Fashir, Sudan, July 17, 2019.

Anita Kiki Gebe, deputy joint special representative of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), awards the UN peace medal to a soldier of the 2nd China Medium Utility Helicopter Unit (CMUHU02) in El-Fashir, Sudan, July 17, 2019. (Photo/ Xinhua)

Advancing reform and development of global governance

China has faithfully fulfilled its responsibility and mission as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, having sent over 50,000 peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations.

China has been among the first countries to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals, taken the lead in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and implemented the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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