The Greater Good and Self-Interest
China views the relationship between the greater good and self-interest as an essential aspect of international relations. At the political level all countries should abide by international law and the basic norms governing international relations, and uphold the principles of fairness, justice, and equality among nations. At the economic level they should seek a course of action that brings mutual benefits and leads to win-win solutions with a focus on an overall picture and long-term considerations.
The pursuit of the greater good remains, as President Xi Jinping once said, embedded in our values. It is not acceptable that the divide between the haves and have-nots perpetuates itself. True happiness should be shared and enjoyed by all. China hopes that all countries in the world, especially developing countries, would benefit from development efforts. The pursuit of selfinterest should, on the other hand, be aligned with the need to search for mutual benefit, rather than being turned into a zero-sum game. China has the obligation to provide assistance to poor countries within the limits of its own resources. It is sometimes necessary to work for the greater good at the expense of self-interest and fulfill this obligation despite an unfavorable calculus in financial terms. A healthy approach to the relationship between the greater good and self-interest is grounded in China's tradition of diplomacy, and embodies the values we cherish.
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