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The Greater Good and Shared Interests

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Updated:2018-12-03 |

The Greater Good and Shared Interests

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping has on many occasions emphasized the importance of upholding the greater good and pursuing shared interests in our foreign relations. This reflects our values. China hopes to see widely shared prosperity across the world and, in particular, accelerated development in developing countries.

The pursuit of shared interest should be aligned with the need to search for mutual benefit, rather than being turned into a zero-sum game. China has the obligation to provide assistance to poor countries within the limits of its own resources. It is sometimes necessary to work for the greater good at the expense of self-interest and fulfill this obligation despite an unfavorable calculus in financial terms.

A healthy approach to the relationship between the greater good and shared interest is a principled approach that values friendship, adheres to moral standards, refuses to succumb to the temptations of greed, encourages us to seek gain only when the greater good is not adversely affected, and embraces a readiness to sacrifice self-interest for the greater good when need arises. This approach is grounded in traditional Chinese culture and our foreign policy thinking, and embodies the values we cherish. It has won praise from the international community in general and from developing counties in particular. It is a manifestation of China’s soft power.