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Statement by Dr. Xu Hong, Head of the Chinese Delegation, Director General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, at the General Meeting of the 56th Annual Session of AALCO

Release Time: 2017-05-26

Mr. President,

 

On behalf of the Chinese delegation, I would like to extend warm congratulations on your election as President of the 56th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). I believe under your able leadership, this annual session will achieve fruitful results.

 

Since the Abuja Annual Session in 2012, the delegates from AALCO member states gather together again on this beautiful continent of Africa. It firmly demonstrates the spirit of solidarity and cooperation of AALCO. In this connection, I would like to express my great appreciation to the Kenyan Government for their efforts in hosting this session. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the Secretary-General Professor Kennedy Gastron and his team of the Secretariat for their hard work. I can assure you that the Chinese Delegation will work closely with you and other delegations to jointly promote this session full success.

 

Mr. President,

 

Last year witnessed the 60th Anniversary of AALCO and the member States reached consensus on strengthening cooperation and promoting revitalization of AALCO in the new era. The theme for the general debate of this session, Rule of Law, Multilateralism and the Role of International and Rrgional Organization in the Changing World Scenario, is quite relevant and accurately reflects the significant challenges the contemporary world is facing.

 

In January this year, as a response to the complicated international situation, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward China's proposition on building a community of shared future for mankind and achieving shared and win-win development in his speech at the United Nations Office at Geneva. This vision demonstrates the spirit of multilateralism, peaceful consultations, openess and cooperation, which is of great relevance to AALCO as well. Therefore, I would like to humbly suggest that AALCO further its work in the following aspects:

 

Firstly, to staunchly support multilateralism. Currently disputes and conflicts still exist in some parts of this planet while unilateralism and protectionism emerge and bring uncertain impact on international political and economic order. Multilateralism is the effective approach to maintain peace and promote development. Thus AALCO member states should work together to adhere to multilateralism, persist in peaceful dialogue and consultation, so as to assist AALCO to play a more active role in maintaining international peace and stability, promoting development and prosperity of the world.

 

Secondly, to avidly promote international rule of law. The UN Charter is the core of international rule of law. AALCO member States should jointly safeguard the principles and purposes of the Charter, actively promote the international order to be more just and equitable, and strive to make global governance system reflect the wills and interests of the majority of the international community instead of being abused by a few countries.

 

Thirdly, to actively participate in relevant legislative processes under the framework of international and regional organizations. AALCO member States should further promote the revitalization of AALCO and encourge it to expand participation in major processes of international law, so as to reflect Asian and African countries' appeal timely and increase its voice in international and regional organizations like UN.

 

Under the able leadership of Secretary-General Professor Gastron, AALCO constantly made new progress over the past year. The Secretary-General also put forward great blueprint aimed at strengthening AALCO's capacity building, which I highly appreciate.

 

Mr. President,

 

As the first signer of the UN Charter, the Chinese Government attaches great importance to international rule of law, adheres to multilateralism and plays an actively role in international and regional organizations like UN. China is a firm defender and constructive builder of international rule of law, adhereing to the accepted foundamental principles of international law and faithfully fulfilling its obligations under relevant international treaties. China believes that, Asian and African countries are important forces in safeguarding and promoting international rule of law, and will continue to work with Asian and African countries to make the global governance system more just and equitable in the future.

 

In the middle of this month, China will host the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing. The Belt and Road is an initiative raised by China to push forward international economic and trade coopertion and cultural exchanges, which demonstrates the spirit of achieving shared growth through consultation and collaboration. It is also a significant public good that China offers to the international community. There are many AALCO member States participting in the cooperation under its framework already. We sincerely invite more Asian and African countries to take part in the constructions of this initiative, and are willing to conduct dialogues and exchanges with all member States on relevant issues of international law.

 

The Chinese Government firmly supports the work of AALCO and initiated the establishment of China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law during the annual session in Beijing to facilitate the revitalization of AALCO. The first two training sessions, in which more than 60 trainees from 38 member States participted, have been successfully held under the Program so far. The 3rd training session will be held in Beijing in early September this year, and all member States are welcome to participate in this session.

 

To conclude, I wish the 56th Annual Session of AALCO full success.

 

Thank you, Mr President.