Senior diplomats from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs attend “2013 Chinese Diplomatic Discussion”, Dec. 25, 2013. (Xinhuanet/Shen Qing)
By Shen Qing
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhuanet) – Senior diplomats from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke highly of China’s diplomacy in 2013.
Speaking at the “2013 Chinese Diplomatic Discussion” in Beijing on Wednesday, they defined the year of 2013 as a “fruitful year in foreign affairs of China”.
Chinese diplomacy has been developed in a creative and inspired way. China has been forming a powerful diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, said Qin Gang, director-general of the Information Department, in his opening speech.
Cai Run, director-general of the Policy Planning Department, said that Chinese diplomacy has been more initiative, more open and more effective in 2013.
The diplomacy of China has focused both on domestic development and international contribution. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have visited 22 countries, he said.
Over 800 agreements have been signed on political, economic, cultural and safety matters. The idea of “Chinese Dream” has been welcomed by various leaders around the world, and China has also raised many contributive co-operative initiatives, he added.
Senior diplomats restressed the importance of public diplomacy, saying promoting the mutual understandings between China and other countries is the task public diplomacy faces.
China needs to build its image at the international stage. Traditional media and new media have vital social responsibilities in making international voice on Chinese-related information and matters and showing positive and contributive images of China, they added.
The “2013 Chinese Diplomatic Discussion” was held jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and China Radio International.