On February 18, 2023 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi attended the 59th Munich Security Conference in Germany, and delivered a keynote speech titled Making the World a Safer Place.
Wang Yi said that humanity's three-year fight against COVID-19 tells a simple truth: as President Xi Jinping repeatedly stressed, all people are members of one global village and we belong to a community with a shared future. Human Society must not repeat the old path of antagonism, division and confrontation, and must not fall into the trap of zero-sum game, war and conflict.
Wang Yi said that making the world a safer place is the strong desire of all people, the common responsibility of all countries, and more importantly, the right direction for the advance of the times. For a safer world, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, disputes should be peacefully resolved through dialogue and consultation, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter should be upheld, and the key role of development must be fully harnessed.
Wang Yi stressed that making the world a safer place is China's abiding commitment. China's keeping to peaceful development is a strategic choice informed by a deep grasp of the past, present, and future. China will stay the course and come together with more countries in the pursuit of peaceful development. Any increase in China's strength is an increase in the hope of world peace. When all countries pursue peaceful development, the future of humanity will be full of promise.
Wang Yi also answered questions on the Ukraine issue, China-US relations, and the Taiwan question.
Wang Yi announced that the Chinese side will put forth "China's position on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis" and continue to stay firm on the side of peace and dialogue. Wang Yi said China will be launching a Global Security Initiative Concept Paper to lay out more practical measures to address current security challenges.