Envoy stresses China's concept of shared future for humanity
China Daily

A senior Chinese diplomat on Thursday stated China's position on the concept of a human community with a shared future, emphasizing that blocking it is "political manipulation".

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The 77th United Nations General Assembly Disarmament and International Security Committee (First Committee of the UNGA) on Tuesday and Thursday voted to pass the resolutions "No First Placement of Weapons in Outer Space", "Further Practical Measures for the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space" and "Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security".

All resolutions include the concept of a human community with a shared future proposed by China. It marks the sixth consecutive year the vision has been included in UNGA resolutions on outer space security.

During the meeting, some countries questioned the concept of a human community with a shared future and requested a segmented vote on the relevant paragraphs. The relevant paragraphs of the resolution were supported by more than 100 countries.

Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song pointed out that in the first two years of writing the concept of "a human community with a shared future" in the resolutions, no country has expressed dissent.

It was not until 2019 that individual countries proposed a segmented vote on the relevant paragraphs, which is completely "political manipulation", said Li.

"Just because this is an initiative proposed by China, the relevant countries are trying to stop it and deliberately creating confrontation and division. These countries are obsessed with the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice," said Li.

The wording in UN documents is the crystallization of the wisdom of the vast number of member states, said Li. "Some countries are down with an anti-China syndrome and will strike at anything Chinese today. Will they obstruct other countries from putting forward ideas and propositions that are positive, constructive and reflect the common interests of member states in the future?" said Li.

The wording of "a human community with a shared future" is neutral and does not have any ideological overtones, which is highly consistent with the content of the relevant resolutions, said Li.

The concept is upright, and it is the embodiment of true multilateralism, which is widely supported and recognized by the international community, he said.

Some countries insisted on provoking confrontation again this year, he said.

"China calls on all parties to jointly resist this hegemonic act, jointly defend the equal rights of every member state of the UN to put forward its propositions and contribute to the cause of the UN, and jointly safeguard true multilateralism," said Li.

The First Committee of the UNGA on Thursday also voted to adopt the resolution "Promoting International Cooperation on Peaceful Uses in the Context of International Security" proposed by China.

The resolution stresses that the vast number of developing countries still have unreasonable restrictions in the field of peaceful use. It calls for the continued promotion of an open and inclusive dialogue process on the platform of the UNGA, to promote nonproliferation export control and peaceful use to go hand in hand, and to take into account international security and sustainable development.

Li said peace and development are the themes of the times. Maintaining world peace is the ardent desire of all countries, and promoting common development is the long-term aspiration of the vast number of developing countries.

"China's initiative reflects the common interests of the vast number of developing countries, and China's process of promoting the relevant resolution is open and transparent, which reflects true multilateralism," said Li.

Li said supporting the "peaceful use" resolution is not about taking sides, but "supporting true multilateralism, standing on the side of the common interests of the vast number of developing countries and promoting international cooperation in peaceful uses".

This is the second year in a row that China has submitted and pushed for the adoption of a peaceful use resolution to the First Committee of the UNGA.

Pakistan, Cuba, Egypt and other developing countries said that the issue of restricted peaceful use has long plagued some developing countries. They said China's resubmission of the peaceful use draft resolution continued to speak out for developing countries and strive for their rights and interests.