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Wang Yi is currently in Moscow and will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. Observers are interested in one thing above everything else: Will China’s chief diplomat also meet with Vladimir Putin? And if so, can any indications about the nature of the announced peace initiative be discerned?
On Tuesday, President Xi Jinping presented a concept paper on his Global Security Initiative (GSI), which was first announced in 2022. While details are still scarce, the tone is remarkably close to what various countries in the BRICS group, which includes Brazil, India and South Africa as well as Russia and China, have been saying lately. This is no coincidence: The GSI paper was coordinated with BRICS, as Frank Sieren analyzes. China is increasingly pulling emerging countries to its side.
A propagandistic glimpse into the future of this brave new world order is offered by the box-office hit The Wandering Earth II: A global cooperative spearheaded by China. In the impactful science fiction epic, Chinese experts prevail in a “United World Government” in the face of the sun’s expansion. They save the planet by hurling it out of the solar system using gigantic propulsion engines.
Fabian Peltsch watched and analyzed the film for us: With a lot of dedication and effort, the Chinese protagonists convince the rest of the world of their idea. And in the end, there is no single superhero in the propaganda-tinged film, but rather everyone joins forces to achieve the miracle. This is the very spirit of harmonic international cooperation that also permeates Xi’s GSI paper.
The Global Security Initiative: China’s new world order
China’s President Xi Jinping has fleshed out his Global Security Initiative (GSI), first presented in April 2022. The paper forms the foundation for the ongoing transformation away from a US-dominated world order, a goal that a resurgent China strives for. Thus, the concept mainly tries to appeal to other emerging countries.
The cornerstones of the new GSI paper, which is about ten pages long in English:
- Global majority principle instead of hegemonic unilateralism,
- own security interests not at the expense of others,
- preservation of territorial integrity,
- dialogue & negotiations instead of sanctions or war,
- expanding and respecting global institutions, especially the United Nations.
In conjunction with the paper’s presentation, Foreign Minister Qin Gang gave a speech on the state of the world on Tuesday. In his speech, he drew the first conclusions from the principles for which the GSI is supposed to stand. China will work for peace in Ukraine; the situation surrounding Taiwan is not comparable to that of Ukraine. “Certain countries should stop pouring oil on the fire.” He said China stands for peace and has never taken even one inch of foreign territory.
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