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Toast at New Year Reception for 2014 Of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Wang Yi
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, 11 December 2013

The Honorable State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Madam Le Aimei,
The Honorable Diplomatic Envoys and Representatives of International
Organizations and the Spouses,
Dear Friends,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to join all of you here to bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new. Let me begin by extending, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, my warmest welcome to all the friends attending today's reception and my heartfelt thanks to all the ministries and departments at home for the strong support they have given to the diplomatic work over the past year. I would also like to pay tribute to all the diplomatic envoys who have made invaluable contribution over the year to stronger ties of friendship and cooperation between China and the countries they represent.

Looking back at 2013, we have seen an even stronger appeal for peace and more vigorous support for change in the international community. World economy has recovered slowly. Changes of regional landscapes have picked up speed. And international balance of power is moving towards greater equilibrium. At the same time, traditional and non-traditional security issues are interwoven with cyber security, climate change and other global challenges becoming a lot more salient. Living in such an era of adjustment, transformation and innovation, the only way for all countries to seize the initiative and find the way to the future is to be highly adaptive and keep pace with the times.

The year 2013 has seen the groundbreaking of diplomacy under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Comrade Xi Jinping as General Secretary. With the CPC Central Committee at the helm, China has put forth a series of new concepts, taken new measures and demonstrated a new look in the country's diplomacy. Such diplomacy, showing greater global perspective and being more enterprising and innovative under the new circumstances, has opened up a new vista of friendly cooperation between China and other countries.

We have become more determined in pursuing the path of peaceful development. Earlier this year, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee conducted a collective study session on adhering to the path of peaceful development. General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that China will unswervingly pursue peaceful development, promote common development, uphold the multilateral trading system and participate in global economic governance. Over the year, Chinese leaders have travelled extensively to Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America where they met and contacted over 100 foreign leaders, and invited leaders from several dozen countries to visit China. We have reached several hundred cooperation agreements with various countries and concluded free trade agreements with Iceland and Switzerland. China's peaceful development has been translated into tangible benefits flowing from the win-win cooperation among world's countries of increasing numbers. Achieving world peace and development, needless to say, is not a job for China alone but a shared responsibility of all countries. China stands ready to work with other countries and keep