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Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs Amb. Wu Hongbo’s Remarks at XI Global Baku Forum

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(March 14th, 2024, Baku)

Distinguished Mr.Chikvaidze, 
Ladies and Gentlemen, 
Last year we were discussing “World of Today: Challenges and Hopes” here in the Global Baku Forum. Today, we are discussing here the subject of “How to Fix the Fractured World”. This vividly reflects the challenges facing humankind have become more complicated and serious.
This year, the theme of the Munich Security Conference is whether the world will fall into a "lose-lose" scenario. It demonstrates fully people's reflections and concerns. Why does the world become fractured? There are different interpretations and understandings. I now would like to share three points.
First, zero-sum games are haunting us. Infatuated in the doctrine of “I win, you lose”, some countries do not want to make the economic cake larger for all to share, instead they are trying by all means to take away other’s share. Last year, one of the topics of China's college entrance examination was: “By blowing out others’ candles would not make you look brighter, by blocking others’ way would not help you travel faster”. 12 million Chinese students for college entrance examination were considering about this profound truth, why shouldn't we think it over as well?
Second, decoupling would be harmful to us all. Now, the concept of national security has been overstretched over normal trade activities. When the garlics imported from China are said to be a threat to national security, you would know how absurd such practice is. On the pretext of "de-risking", some countries build "small yards with high walls", and instead of “run faster” themselves, they try to “trip late-commers up” or even “have them crippled” This seems to be a win, but it is actually a loss of country's credibility and its own development.
Third, bloc confrontation is intensifying. Creating “small blocs”, inciting conflicts among nations and forcing others to choose on their side have seriously interfered with the normal international order, obstructed the efforts of the international community to address global challenges and seriously undermined world peace and development. We believe that "lose-lose" scenario and "fragmentation" are no option, and that "cooperation" and "win-win" solution are the goals of mankind.
So what does China propose? Most countries support world multipolarity and economic globalization but with different interpretations. What we have in mind is equal and orderly world multipolarity and inclusive and universally beneficial economic globalization.
The multipolarity should be equal. All countries of the world should enjoy equal rights, opportunities and rules. And the international affairs monopolized by one or a few powers should not be acceptable. The situation where some countries must be at the table while many others can only be on the menu must go. The law of the jungle where only the fittest survives belongs to nature and wild animals, why should human beings abide by the law of the beasts?
The multipolarity should be orderly. All countries should abide by the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and adhere to the universally agreed basic norms of international relations. Within the international system with the United Nations at its core, all countries should work together under the international law.
Globalization should benefit all. Not long ago, Oxfam reported that from 2020 to 2023, the top five richest persons in the world have their wealth doubled, while 5 billion people around the world became poorer. Needless to say, how important it is to share development benefits for all. We need to make the economic development cake bigger and share it well. By doing so, different countries and peoples can enjoy the development benefits and achieve prosperous growth and common prosperity.
Globalization should be inclusive. Countries should be encouraged and supported to find their own way of development consistent with local conditions. It is important not to impose a single development model on others. We must abandon unilateralism and protectionism, maintain the uninterrupted global production and supply chains so as to accelerate the speed of global economic growth.
What has China achieved so far? In 2013, President Xi Jinping put forward the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind. Over the past 10 years, this concept has enjoyed increasing popularity and recognition of more and more countries and people.
When some people hear that this is a Chinese concept, they put a big question mark over it. Here I would like to introduce this idea in the simplest terms: China's initiative is to jointly build a world of "lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness and inclusiveness, cleanliness and beauty". If, after the Second World War, shared hope to prevent a third world war has brought the human community together to form the United Nations, this Chinese concept may become the common values to reunite the international community once again.
China has always walked the talk. We have contributed our wisdom and solutions to the world with the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative.
The Belt and Road Initiative, as a platform for implementing the concept of "a community with a shared future for mankind", has been very fruitful. Over the past 10 years, China and BRI participants have together launched more than 3,000 projects with total investment of 1 trillion US dollars. Now BRI has become the world's most popular international public product and the largest platform for international cooperation. 
Ladies and gentlemen, please rest assured that China will always be a force for peace, stability and progress. We will stand firmly on the right side of history. We shall pursue our own social and economic development so that my country will be in a better position to contribute more to the world peace and development.
Thank you all!