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China Wants New World Order

China Wants New World Order

China is calling for the establishment of a new world order that will ensure a long-term stable and peaceful international environment, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said in Beijing on June 10, 1999.

The more than 200 countries in the world and more than six billion people should not and cannot be put under the control of one country or group, she said, emphasizing that multi-polarization has become an irreversible historical trend after the end of the Cold War.

A country's affairs should be handled by its own people and international issues should be resolved through negotiations, she said, adding that the United Nations, the organization that has the largest number of member nations and that is most representative, should play a dominant role in international affairs and that this is common sense in the international community.

The common wish is for the establishment of a just and reasonable new political and economic order in the world, she said, one that must first help create a long-term peaceful environment for the development of all countries in the world.

It must also represent the common interests of all people and embody the development and progress needs of the time, she said.

The basis of the new world order, she said, should be the five principles of peaceful coexistence and other international norms.

The five principles refer to mutual respect for each nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefits, and peaceful coexistence.

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