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The Concept Of The "Harmonious World": An Important Contribution To International Relations

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In its history of several thousand years, the Chinese nation has always venerated a philosophic thought that "harmony is most precious", holding that the world could be "harmonious but also diversified" and countries should "seek common ground while reserving differences". The concept of the "harmonious world" summarizes the historical experience of China, and absorbs and carries forward the positive factors in all countries' values. It safeguards international law and the basic norms of international relations with UN Charter as the cornerstone. The concept of the "harmonious world" is a conclusion and summary of China's historical experience on foreign affairs by the Chinese government. It is an inheritance and innovation of the "Principles of Peaceful Coexistence", and also an important basis for China's independent foreign policy of peace in the new age.

Keywords: harmonious world; international law; international relations; Principles of Peaceful Coexistence; UN Charter



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