Guests attend the New Year Reception 2014 hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 11, 2013. More than 400 guests, including Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, attended the reception on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China will continue to pursue a diplomacy of its own characteristics in the coming 2014 while making a greater contribution to world peace and development, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Wednesday.
Addressing a New Year reception for foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations, Wang said Chinese diplomacy will strive to create a favorable external environment for the comprehensive deepening of its reforms and realizing the nation's great rejuvenation.
According to the foreign minister, 2013 has seen fresh and important progress in China's diplomatic work, as evidenced by the country's growing international standing and influence.
"We have advanced our ties with other countries and played the responsible role of a big country in dealing with important issues," Wang said.
In his address, Nolana Ta-Ama, dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Togo's ambassador to China, hailed China's achievements in 2013.
"I believe that China's development will bring important opportunities to the peace, development and prosperity of the world," he added.
More than 400 people, including Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, attended Wednesday's reception in Beijing.