Cui Yuying addresses seminar on China's right to peace

Cui Yuying addressed a seminar on the ideas and practices of China's right to peace in Nanjing on Sept. 11.

China SCIOUpdated: September 12, 2017

Cui Yuying, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and vice minister of the State Council Information Office, addressed a seminar on the ideas and practices of China's right to peace in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province on Sept. 11.

Cui Yuying addresses a seminar on the ideas and practices of China's right to peace in Nanjing on Sept. 11. [Photo by Jiao Fei/China SCIO]

In her speech, Cui, who is also vice director of the China Society for Human Rights Studies, stated that China, staying committed to an independent foreign policy of peace, is the first country to propose the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Unswervingly following the path of peaceful development, China has made great contribution to the right to peace for the Chinese people and people all over the world, Cui said.

Cui spoke on President Xi Jinping's keynote speech on Jan. 18 at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland. In his speech, Xi said China remains unchanged in its commitment to upholding world peace and never wavering in its pursuit of peaceful development. No matter how strong its economy grows, China will never seek hegemony or expansion, Xi said.

Cui said the right to peace mainly include four parts: First, everyone has the right to peace and to avoiding wars; second, every nation has the obligation to help its citizens to realize their right to peace; third, every nation should formulate policies and laws for reducing the threat of war, follow the principles of avoiding the use of force in international relations and work for the peaceful settlement of international disputes; fourth, the international community and various organizations should try their best to realize people's right to peace.

Cui hoped that researchers on human rights should raise awareness of the importance of the right to peace. As the world still faces challenges in terms of peace and development, researchers should unify the ideas of human rights and the ideas of the right to peace, and promote the realization of these rights in the world. Human rights researchers should try to establish a Chinese discourse on the right to peace and promote the Chinese right to peace in the world, which could provide a more complete picture of China's contribution to maintaining and improving the right to peace.