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Global community  must join forces to solve global challenges

Giancarlo Elia Valori

China’s State Council Information Office issued an informative white paper, entitled “A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions,” to review and preview the China-led vision of co-building a global community of shared future on Tuesday in Beijing. 

Humanity is yet again at another crossroads in history, and the choices between unity and division, between opening up and closing off, as well as between cooperation and confrontation test the wisdom of all countries, the white paper said.

How should we understand the global community of shared future?

How should countries around the world work together to promote the construction of the global community of shared future?

Global Times invited two foreign scholars to share their views on this issue.

Building a global community of shared future is a Chinese proposal to jointly address global challenges and create a better future for humanity.

Under this proposal, China advocates building a world of lasting peace through dialogue and consultation, building a world of common security for all through joint efforts, building a world of common prosperity through win-win cooperation, and building an open and inclusive world through exchanges and mutual learning and making the world clean and beautiful by pursuing green and low-carbon development.

This is the beautiful vision of the global community of shared future presented by China in the new era. 

The world is currently undergoing unprecedented changes that have not been seen in a century.

On the one hand, there is a historical inclination toward peace and the recognition of the need to eliminate irreparable conflicts that are detrimental to the planet.

Additionally, there is a growing tendency toward development, cooperation and mutual benefit that cannot be stopped. On the other hand, the presence of hegemonism and bullying between countries and peoples is causing significant harm, leading to unprecedented challenges for the international community.

As a result, the world finds itself at a crucial juncture in history.

The establishment of a global community of shared future is of the utmost importance for humanity.

This concept enables the international community to confront the new challenges brought about by these major changes and work together toward a common goal.

Furthermore, it is imperative to align with the current trend of the times, which is characterised by a new scientific and technological revolution driven by information technology.

The internet has revolutionised the world, bringing the international community closer than ever before.

Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that the future is also shared in cyberspace.

This entails promoting common development, enhancing security and actively participating in governance, with a commitment to jointly sharing the outcomes.

The first strategic goals should be to prioritise responsibility and interests that benefit all of mankind.

A further step toward shared future is to improve human welfare and well-being. We also need cultural exchanges to promote knowledge and mutual learning; innovative economic development for common prosperity; ensuring international security and fostering orderly development. Furthermore, the strengthening of the authority of the United Nations, whose documents are all too often disregarded and advancing equity and justice to provide a practical approach and a pathway to peace are also needed.

Unfortunately, the world is currently facing the dangers of unilateralism, protectionism, and hegemonism.

Unilateralism refers to a major power that, regardless of the wishes of the majority of countries and citizens, takes the initiative to withdraw or defy the rules and regulations that have been drafted and negotiated to maintain international, regional and collective peace.

These systems, behaviours and tendencies have destructive effects and consequences on global or local peace, development and progress.

Therefore, a reform in international governance is necessary to ensure that global governance adheres to the principles of opposing protectionism and unilateralism.

This reform should also contribute to promoting the process of trade liberalization and investment facilitation worldwide, ultimately serving the principle of non-discrimination among peoples.

As is well known, hegemonism refers to the oppression, domination, interference and subversion of small, weak and poor countries by large, powerful and rich countries.

It does not respect the independence and sovereignty of others and exercises control and rule by force. 

Hegemonism can be observed at both global and regional levels. 

Throughout history, many powers, particularly the US, have all attempted to gain world hegemony, often disguising their actions as neo-colonialism. 

The evidence of hegemonism can be seen by examining history. In order to maintain peace, the only solution is to counteract it. Joining forces to build a global community of shared future is a realistic requirement and the only choice for the survival and development of mankind.

Building such a community is an important trend in history and is inevitable. However, achieving this goal is not something that can happen overnight; it requires a long and difficult process.

In reality, building a global community of shared future faces challenges such as differences in strategic thinking, cultural values and global strength among countries around the world. Additionally, there are risks of conflicts arising from fundamental interests in the international arena.

It is important to understand these challenges objectively and propose targeted response strategies.

Taking the initiative to resolve crises quickly, opening up new opportunities for change, maximising advantages and avoiding disadvantages are crucial steps in this process.

It is also important to explore constructive practices that rule out war as a solution. Only by doing so can we make steady progress toward this goal. Global Times

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