A Chinese Foreign Ministry press release reported Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's speech on December 11, 2020, at the opening ceremony of the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2020 in Beijing entitled "China's Diplomacy in the Midst of Once-in-a-Century Changes and Pandemic: Being Responsible to the Country and Doing its Part for the World". The release named no country or region but reiterated China's 'opening up' policy; mentioned China's participation in the international efforts to fight the pandemic; stated that China had "practised the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind with concrete actions'; said that "China had further deepened and strengthened the community with a shared future with neighbouring countries. We have actively carried out anti-pandemic and other kinds of pragmatic cooperation with neighbouring countries to deepen the alignment of interests and strengthen people-to-people ties, marking a solid step toward the community with a shared future"; that China's diplomacy had firmly defended "national interests and dignity. China explicitly opposes the politicization and stigmatization associated with the virus, firmly defends the path and system chosen by the Chinese people and safeguards the country's sovereignty, security and development interests"; and that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the CCP and beginning of the 14th Five Year Plan.

In his speech, though, Wang Yi spent some time speaking about ties with the U.S., the EU, ASEAN and Africa. India and Australia did not figure. He mentioned President Xi Jinping's name 18 times and highlighted his "personal" involvement in China's diplomacy.

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