China’s foreign policy mulled at 6th Global Baku Forum

China’s foreign policy mulled at 6th Global Baku Forum
# 16 March 2018 14:39 (UTC +04:00)

A panel, titled “How to understand China’s foreign policy”, was held within the framework of the 6th Baku Global Forum on March 15, APA reports.

The 6th Global Baku Forum, titled “Bridging Gaps to Create Inclusive Societies”, kicked off on March 15. The forum is co-organized by the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with Diaspora and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

The panel was moderated by Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman of the US Paulson Institute and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia.

He noted that China has a profound influence on the global balance of power.

President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov said themes in the twentieth century will be about China, stressing that the Asian nation is already outperforming the US on the scientific sphere.

“China’s patents outnumber those of the United States. More than 100 Chinese students study at world universities. With their knowledge and skills, these students will benefit China's development upon their return. Of course, all this serves China's transformation into a global economic power,” he said.

Former Serbian President Boris Tadic said the United States is China's strategic partner.

"The US and China's economies are largely interdependent. China is a very important marketplace in the global arena. At the same time, China invests heavily in Latin America and Africa. However, China has to solve the technical problems it faces and access new technologies to implement its strategy,” he added.

Liang Jianquan, Vice President in charge of European Affairs, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs said that China attaches great importance to relations with other countries.

"China in practice relies on its principles. First of all, China is guided by the principle of living in peace. Thus, China intends to expand its relations with its neighbors," he said.

Jianquan said that Beijing will always defend its legitimate rights and interests in the South China Sea.

"I would like to emphasize that China does not export its ideology to foreign countries and it does not meddle in the internal affairs of other states," he added.

Former Hungarian Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy underlined the impossibility of exporting Western democracy to China.

Former Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar called China a successful partner of his country.

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