China Leadership Monitor

Xi Jinping’s Address to the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs: Assessing and Advancing Major Power Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Beijing, China
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Xi Jinping’s speech before the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs—held from November 28-29, 2014 in Beijing—marks the most comprehensive expression yet of the current Chinese leadership’s more activist and security-oriented approach to PRC diplomacy.  Xi’s speech redefined and expanded the function of Chinese diplomacy, presenting it as an instrument for the effective application of Chinese power in support of an ambitious, long-term and more strategic foreign policy agenda. Ultimately, this suggests that Beijing will increasingly attempt to alter some of the foreign policy processes and power relationships that have defined the political, military, and economic environment in the Asia-Pacific region.  How the United States chooses to respond to this challenge will determine the Asian strategic landscape for decades to come. 

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Xi Jinping’s Address to the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs: Assessing and Advancing Major Power Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics