Blinded by their outdated bias

Updated: 2014-10-08 08:07

By Zheng Xiwen(China Daily)

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The peaceful development path taken by China means it does not have any strategic intent that it needs to keep secret. China's priority remains development. But China will never waive its legitimate rights and interests, will not sacrifice its core national interests and will not allow any party to harm China's sovereignty, security and development.

China is serious about its strategic intents and its path of peaceful development. The Constitution of China clearly stipulates that China respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries, and upholds the principles of mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful co-existence.

The Chinese government issued white papers on China's peaceful development path in 2005 and China's peaceful development in 2011, which laid out clearly China's resolve and will to walk a peaceful path of development.

China has completely solved the land border disputes with 12 out of its 14 neighbors through friendly negotiations. Despite some countries' provocations, China has shown considerable restraint in the maritime disputes in the East China and South China seas. China holds that these issues can be solved through friendly dialogue, based on historical facts and respect for international laws, between it and the states directly concerned. China will not create trouble. But China is by no means afraid of dealing with trouble.

China's dedication to peaceful development and its actions in this respect have been widely acknowledged by the international community. China's economic development is an important engine for global recovery. China's development will provide more opportunities to the world. Some countries hope to learn from China's development experience, and catch a development ride on the back of China's fast economic growth.

The people who claim that China's strategic intents are unclear either cannot see the bigger picture and the trend of China's development, and they stubbornly believe a strong country will necessarily seek hegemony, or they are intentionally blind to facts and misinterpret China's intent to aggravate some countries' concerns over China's development.

China welcomes constructive criticism from around the world. China is willing to strengthen communication and mutual trust with those who feel uncertain about China's strategic intents.

For those people intentionally sensationalizing their claims of uncertainties about China's strategic intents, we suggest they put away their tinted spectacles, take a rational approach and spend more time thinking about how to co-exist with China on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

The author is a Beijing-based scholar of international relations.

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