Muhammad Zamir Assadi
The speech delivered by President Xi Jinping on Sept 21 to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly has pushed forward the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind by evolving a joint mechanism to address the prevailing issues on the global economy and other challenges. His major announcement that China will end all financing of coal-fired power plants abroad and redirect its support to green and low-carbon energy has shown a greater commitment of the country to the promotion of healthier and greener development across the globe.It has honored the commitment toward the Paris climate agreement and injected new impetus into green and low-carbon energy, especially in developing countries. The focus of Xi’s speech put the agenda of green development on top for all, and this is set to provide quality life to people worldwide. The speech covered all the dynamics of international needs that are dominating the global environment in the pursuit of common development to achieve sustainable prosperity. It has also attracted the attention of the international community, as it paved a smoother way for cooperation on such problems as the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, global governance and international relations. The world is passing through profound changes and needs pragmatic leadership that can bring strength and confidence in responsibly dealing with the issues facing humanity. China’s responsible fight and relentless efforts in combating the pandemic have proved that the country knows its international responsibilities and is committed to fulfilling the expectations of the international community. The commitment and vision expressed by President Xi in the speech indicated that China is on a track of strengthening multilateralism, the only solution to problems worldwide. The message is clear that China’s door for cooperation at the regional and global levels is open and the opening will continue.China has cooperated with the world to counter the challenges, compared with those countries that have brought destruction in the so-called war on terror in the past 20 years by wasting trillions of dollars in many countries. In this world, there are a bundle of opportunities for sustainable progress and common development that can resound among all countries that look forward to meaningful cooperation based on mutual consultation and a win-win situation.Xi’s speech shows that it is time for cooperation, not confrontation, and the need of the time is to promote a world order that can bring benefits for all, not just some.The international community needs inclusive, positive and bold initiatives that can respond responsibly to the concerns and challenges faced by the world.China is urging all other countries to come forward for the protection of global peace and development by safeguarding the interests of all and by avoiding friction.The perspective of a multilateral, shared destiny of mankind has emerged as a step forward that is strengthening international cooperation by chalking out the mechanism of global economic recovery. The significance of international cooperation based on global norms, values and traditions carries great value for forming policies related to people’s well-being.Xi’s speech has also offered valuable contributions to and proposals for multilateral cooperation. The consistent cooperation and coordination among all under the framework of global cooperation may contribute to the growth of developing countries by promoting the concept of equality and fairness.Xi also emphasized developing a new type of international relations based on settled international rules and regulations, justice and mutual respect.China’s resolve, as seen in Xi’s speech to the UN General Assembly, has remained clear that a global governance system with the basic norms of international values will be safeguarded and promoted under the UN Charter for developing a safer and greener world.Resistance to protectionism and unilateralism needs to be strengthened. It has become clear that the importance of multilateralism and collaboration is emerging as a trend of the times that can guarantee long-desired prosperity and development.The problems of our times need global solutions with collective efforts, and that is only possible with a mechanism for fair governance to tackle the impacts of climate change, poverty, inequality and violent extremism. President Xi’s call for multilateralism in bringing the world together is significantly inspiring the global community, as China consistently fulfills its responsibilities in common endeavors and remains a faithful partner of UN values.