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    The Ambassador of China explained that today China in its foreign policy defends common interests by putting justice above all

    How China approaches developments in the international system and the country's positions on burning issues on the international stage, such as Ukrainian and the Middle East, reportedAmbassador of the People's Republic of China in Nicosia Liu Yadao.

    Liu Yidao was the keynote speaker at a workshop on “Mirror of Culture: A Unique Way of Understanding the China-Cyprus Strategic Partnership and Chinese Foreign Policy” organized at the University of Nicosia by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Cyprus, the “Cyprus Mail” newspaper ” and the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia within the framework of the “Mirror of Culture” program.

    In his speech, the Chinese Ambassador explained that today China in its foreign policy defends common interests by putting justice above all. “In particular, we resolutely protect the international system centered on the UN and the international order based on international law,” he said, indicating that on major international issues such as the Ukraine conflict and the Palestine-Israel conflict, China is on the right side of history. and on the side of human progress.

    Ambassador Yadao noted that China is committed to equality and mutual respect among nations, big or small, which he said is evident in the China-Cyprus relationship. That, moreover, China honors its commitments, expecting less give-and-take and more mutual respect and trust in international relations.

    He then stated that China is pursuing a multipolar international system that will be characterized by equality and order and an economic globalization that will be beneficial to all and inclusive. “We reject protectionism, decoupling, cutting off supply chains and the logic of 'a small yard with a tall fence',” he stressed.

    He also noted that under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) adopted more than 10 years ago, China continues to strengthen policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and cross-border connection with partner countries. “BRI has now become a very popular international public good and cooperation platform,” he said.

    He then referred to China's commitment to sustainable development. “We Chinese believe that mankind and all other creatures under the sky form a community of life, and the interdependence between them is critical to the balance of the entire ecosystem,” he said, recalling that China has taken an active role in global climate governance. “We have committed to move from a maximum carbon price to carbon neutrality in just 30 years, much faster than some advanced economies,” he said, indicating that this demonstrates China's sense of responsibility as a large country.

    Blooming cultural interactions between China and Cyprus

    Liu Yidao also spoke about the aspect of Culture, saying that cultural exchanges and mutual education bring nations together, but also that in recent years there has been a flourishing of cultural interactions between China and Cyprus. “For example, the second Confucius Institute in Cyprus has been established at the Cyprus University of Technology, the Center for Chinese Studies has been established at the European University of Cyprus, the Cyprus Department of Antiquities has joined the International Alliance of Silk Road Museums and the Ayia Napa Theater has joined the International Silk Road Theater Group”, he noted, also recalling the organization of important events such as the China-Cyprus Youth Forum, the Nicosia Book Festival with China as the honored country and the Collection of China-Cyprus Friendship Stories, which have, as he said , further strengthen the friendship between our peoples.

    Ukraine and Middle East

    Regarding the Ukrainian, the Chinese Ambassador recalled the common position between China and Brazil on the Ukraine issue, noting that it proposes, among other things, efforts to de-escalate the situation, prevent the contagion of the conflict and avoid the escalation of the situation, an immediate end to the war as soon as possible through dialogue and negotiation, promoting humanitarian aid, avoiding a nuclear war, ensuring the stability of global industrial supply chains and holding a peace conference on the Ukraine crisis, with equal participation of all partners.

    On the conflict in the Middle East, the Chinese Ambassador said that the war must stop as soon as possible to avoid further humanitarian disaster, noting that in this context China supports the Cypriot “Amalthia” initiative to the strengthening of the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza through a sea corridor from Cyprus.

    The participants were welcomed to the event by the President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs and Head of the Department of Politics and Governance of the University of Nicosia, Professor of Economics and Public Policy Andreas Theofanous, who mentioned, among other things, that we live in a turbulent era of uncertainty, as we become witnesses of wars and humanitarian crises in our region and in Central Eastern Europe.

    He expressed the belief that these wars and their devastating effects could have been avoided if there was a culture of tolerance and mutual respect in international relations.

    “Can we work towards this or is it wishful thinking?” he wondered.

    The Managing Director of “Cyprus Mail” Frida Giannitsa noted that the project “Mirror of Culture” serves a profound purpose in highlighting the parallels between Cypriot and Chinese culture, indicating that the project sets a strong example of acceptance, respect and understanding, recognizing the fundamental importance of culture.

    As he explained, the aim of the project is to share and promote the living cultures of the two countries, further strengthening the ties between all the people of Cyprus and celebrating diversity in the world. At the same time, he noted, the initiative understands the importance of cultural preservation, which is an essential way to transmit traditions and practices of the past to future generations.

    Ms. Giannitsa also mentioned that Cyprus and China, although different in many ways, share parallels in terms of their cultural depth, respect for traditions and their commitment to progress. “We have much to learn from each other and it is through initiatives like the Belt and Road that we can forge stronger, more meaningful ties with China and the rest of the world,” he added. /p>

    In his own intervention, the Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Politics and Governance of the Law School of the University of Nicosia, Yannos Katsouridis, said that in conclusion, culture is a powerful tool in shaping international relations, offering a means to build bridges, resolve conflicts and enhancing mutual understanding.

    “The interplay of cultural diplomacy, soft power and intercultural communication, among other factors, underscores the importance of culture in the complex web of global interactions,” he stressed.

    The initial speeches and interventions were followed by a discussion moderated by the Assistant Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and Governance of the Law School of the University of Nicosia, Michalis Kontos.

    The event was attended by, among others, the Greek Cypriot Negotiator for the Cypriot Menelaos Menelaou, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the academic community and students of international relations.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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