Is community of common destiny a new world order?

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Chinese President Xi Jinping calls on Asian countries to build a community of common destiny and welcomed all countries to join the Silk Road initiative and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2015 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, March 28, 2015.  [Photo: Xinhua]

"A community of common destiny" could bring a new international order of equality and common prosperity.

President Xi Jinping has lately been touting the concept at international occasions, stressing mutual respect, win-win cooperation and common development for all.

For nearly seven decades, the international community has sought a more balanced, just and peaceful political economy. Yet great powers still dominate international affairs and the "rich north, poor south" situation remains unchanged.

Cultural and ideological conflicts regularly bring new regional unrest and local wars.

China wants to lead the way to an international order featuring peace, a narrow wealth gap and more balanced world power; one in line with the interests of all.

The vision of an equal and fair international economic and political structure means developing countries are able to have their opinions heard and hold bigger sway.

Within the "community, there should be more cooperation and less hostility, with all countries sworn never to prejudice others' interests while seeking their own development.

Countries should not hesitate to face risks together. They can solve disputes and reach consensus through equal dialogue. China has been acting to realize the vision.

Through fresh platforms like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China is offering a new round of global economic cooperation and a helping hand to those in need.

Developing countries, including China, have greater potential and will create more jobs when relations among them reach a new height. Western countries will gain bigger markets and more investment opportunities.

There are challenges and barriers ahead - bias and hostility between different social systems, diverse cultural traditions and ideologies. Some countries will need to discard their prejudices.

This vision does not come out of blue. It is a continuation and development of many international mechanisms established after World War II, such as the United Nations.

All countries are bundled together in global economic integration and technological development. Isolation can never be an option for nations wishing to sustain growth.

After the Nepal earthquake, the world showed kinship as assistance and relief funds flowed in from close neighbors and distant powers alike.

When a nation is in need, help comes from all sides; likewise, when a nation prospers, the fruits should benefit all sides. That's a community of common destiny.

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