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China's Views on the Development of Multipolarization
2004/04/19
Currently, while complex and deep changes are taking place in the international situation, the trend towards world multipolarization has not changed. There are nearly 200 countries with a population of more than 6 billion in the world. A myriad of differences exists between these countries in ethnic traditions, religions and cultures, economic levels and political systems. It is hardly possible to imagine how to unify them with one model and one value or to "lead" them by one country. The basic norms governing international relations on equality of sovereignty and non-interference in each other's internal affairs between the member states as stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations are absolutely not outdated. The history and culture, social systems and development models of various countries should be respected. The multipolarization process may be zigzag, protracted and full of struggles, but this is a historical trend independent of human will. It is in conformity with the common aspirations and interests of the majority of countries and conducive to world peace and security.

Our efforts to promote the development of the world towards multipolarization are not targeted at any particular country, nor are they aimed at re-staging the old play of contention for hegemony in history. Rather, these efforts are made to boost the democratization of international relations, help the various forces in the world, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, enhance coordination and dialogue, refrain from confrontation and preserve jointly world peace, stability and development.
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