03 October 2015
A replica of an ancient ceremonial wine container featuring dragon- shaped decorations and seven doves of peace was China’s choice of gift to the United Nations for its 70th anniversary this week.
The Zun of Peace is an apt symbol of China’s attempt at pouring new wine into old wineskins – by injecting new ideas into the world order – as set out in President Xi Jinping’s maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Depicting China as a champion for developing states, a responsible global power and a lover of peace, Xi has also signalled the end of China’s foreign policy adage of “taoguang yanghui” – hiding one’s capabilities and biding one’s time – espoused by late strongman Deng Xiaoping and leaders who followed.
… Singapore-based analyst Li Mingjiang said critics in China should understand its domestic problems, such as poverty, will have to be resolved through effective domestic policies. “Reducing China’s international responsibilities will not have much impact on the alleviation of those domestic problems and challenges,” he said.
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