III. Using the 19th Congress's principles as guidance to start a new phase for China's diplomatic initiatives in the new era
Studying, disseminating, and acting on the principles set forth at the Congress is and will remain the prime political task of the whole Party at present and for a time to come; this is also the central theme of all our diplomatic initiatives and affairs. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we will fully apply the guidelines of the 19th Congress, and more actively and effectively promote China's major country diplomacy. This will serve to foster a favorable international environment for taking the causes of both the Party and the country to new heights.
1. Prioritizing political guidance and gaining a command of the guidelines of the 19th Congress
We should maintain political integrity, think in terms of the big picture, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment with the central Party leadership; have full confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics; and closely align ourselves with the Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core. We should uphold, support and serve the leadership core. We should develop a command of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and devote ourselves to thoroughly understanding and effectively acting on it. It will thus become a mighty force steering our diplomatic work. We should remain committed to upholding the leadership of the Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core over China's diplomacy. We should continue to strengthen the centralized and unified leadership and the overall coordination of our Party over diplomacy, and make sure that the foreign policies and strategies set forth by the Party Central Committee are effectively acted on. Further, we should strive to communicate and increase international understanding and recognition of the new concepts, ideas, and strategies from the Congress, so as to boost China's international influence and strength of appeal.
2. Improving strategic planning and focusing on serving the Party and the country's key tasks
With Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as our guide to action, we should formulate specific diplomatic strategies, policies, and initiatives within the framework of the Party Central Committee's overall plan. At the new historic juncture in China's development and based on the newly introduced strategic approach for achieving modernization in two-steps, we should remember both our internal and international imperatives, formulate suitable plans for diplomatic initiatives, and foster a peaceful international environment and a stable international order for domestic development. On the basis of the principle of building a network of global partnerships, we should boost exchanges and cooperation with major countries, neighboring countries and other developing countries, and make constant efforts to improve our diplomatic strategies. Moreover, we must be more mindful of latent dangers and consider worst-case scenarios, with a view to effectively forestalling and fendingoff major risks and challenges that arise in the international arena, and safeguarding our country's sovereignty, national security, and development interests with firm resolve.
3. Strengthening the sense of mission and making diplomatic initiatives more proactive and creative
We should advance innovative theories and practices in China's diplomacy. Focusing on the tasks central to fostering a new type of international relations and building a community with a shared future for humanity will serve to continually develop China's relationship with the world and deepen our understanding of the laws governing China's major country diplomacy. We should acquire an accurate grasp of the continuity, creativity, and contemporary relevance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and inquire into new approaches, methods, and measures for carrying out China's diplomatic initiatives, so as to keep breathing new life into China's major country diplomacy. We should actively participate in reform and development of the global governance system through closer engagement with our practical diplomatic initiatives, and put forth more new concepts, initiatives, and plans, thereby contributing more Chinese wisdom and strength to the international community.
4. Consolidating strategic guarantees and boosting our capacity for carrying out diplomatic initiatives
In line with new situations and requirements, we should ensure our diplomatic work is more strategic and forward-looking; we should be adept at identifying situations both inside and outside of China, coordinating different sectors and navigating complex situations; and we should be able to effectively respond to and deal with new problems and challenges that arise in the course of our diplomatic efforts. While fully eliciting the enthusiasm and initiative of various departments, we should keep in mind the bigger picture and the importance of coordination, laying stress on creating a cooperative and concerted environment for diplomatic endeavors. With a view to modernizing China's system and capacity for governance, we should move ahead with reforms to diplomatic mechanisms and systems so as to boost the quality and effect of our diplomatic initiatives. We should further strengthen our capacity to train and organize personnel with a view to fostering a cohort of diplomatic officials with firm political beliefs, strong professional expertise, the courage to assume responsibilities, loyalty, and moral integrity.
General Secretary Xi stressed that as socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era, our Party must adopt a new look and make new accomplishments. In November 2017, soon after the successful conclusion of the 19th Congress, General Secretary Xi met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and then with US President Donald Trump in Beijing, attended the 25th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam's Da Nang city, and then paid state visits to Vietnam and Laos. These commitments were received as marked successes and have written a glorious new chapter in the annals of China's major country diplomacy in the new era. Rallying more closely around the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core, we should gain a command of and act on the guidelines laid out at the 19th Congress, and work with great determination under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. This will ensure we will make new and greater contributionsto securing a decisive victory in becoming a moderately prosperous society and to striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.