Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Beijing Saturday that China
will remain on the road of peaceful development and adhere to the
mutually beneficial strategy in the coming year.
Yang made the remarks at a new year reception hosted by the
Foreign Ministry in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, at which State
Councilor Tang Jiaxuan and nearly 400 foreign diplomats
and Chinese officials were present.
The year 2007 has been special for Chinese people, said Yang. The 17th National Congress of the Communist Party
of China was held, which blueprinted the socialist construction
with Chinese characteristics.
Recalling the past year, Yang said China adhered to an
independent foreign policy of peace and scored remarkable
China further expanded and deepened the cooperation with foreign
countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful
Coexistence, and took an active part in multilateral diplomacy and
international efforts addressing global issues, he said.
China will work with people from all the other countries to
build a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity in
2008, Yang added.
Mhd Kheir Al-Wadi, Syrian Ambassador to China, said on behalf of
the diplomatic corps in Beijing that China has played a
constructive role in safeguarding world peace, security, stability
and justice, and promoting the common development.
He expressed congratulations on China's achievements in national
building-up and wished a great success of the Beijing Olympic
Games in 2008.
(Xinhua News Agency December 30, 2007)