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Yang Jiechi on China’s Diplomacy in 2012

Yang Jiechi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs published an article suggesting that China should do more targeted work in countries that hold elections. The website of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published an article in which Yang reviewed China’s achievements in 2011 and provided an outlook for 2012. First and foremost, “[with respect to major countries, we] should enhance mutual trust, expand cooperation, properly handle differences, and promote the stable development of bilateral relations. As for those countries that hold elections, [we] should do more targeted work, avoid the interference that its domestic politics may cause to bilateral relations, and ensure smooth transitions and new developments in the bilateral relationship.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, January 2, 2012