|Wang Yi: Hope All Countries Will Pursue Peaceful Development|
On January 31, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed at the 2019 New Year Reception of the Foreign Ministry that peaceful development represents the overarching direction of China's foreign policy. The choice of peaceful development has its root in the 5,000-year Chinese culture and is further shaped by the sense of historical mission of the Communist Party of China to pursue the greater good of humanity. China will stay the course of peaceful development. We shall never seek hegemony or expansion. In the year ahead, we will continue to promote a community with a shared future for mankind, uphold equality between countries of all sizes, adhere to non-interference in others' internal affairs, and work toward a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation. Likewise, we hope other countries will pursue peaceful development as well, as that is the only way to achieve universal and genuine peace on this planet we share.