|Premier Wen pledged China will push for new world of peace, amity and harmony|
Wen made the remarks at a reception marking the 56th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China held in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.
About 1,000 Chinese and foreign diplomats, scholars and people from all walks of life were present at the reception.
In fact, Chinese leaders and senior officials over the past few months have kept highlighting the new feature of the country's foreign policy: "peace, development and cooperation".
In an article issued in August, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said that seeking peace, amity and harmony among all countries is a key component of Chinese traditional culture.
Under the banner of peace, development and cooperation, the country's diplomacy has kept forging ahead and contributed to safeguarding world peace and promoting common development.
In Asia, China helped its surrounding countries deal with the financial crisis in 1997 and offered the country's largest-ever aid to the tsunami-hit countries in January this year.
China also initiated the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for regional security and economic cooperation and promoted cooperation between China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
All the facts proved that China is a good neighbor, good friend and good partner of its neighboring countries , Li said.
On the international arena, China has pushed for South-South cooperation and North-South cooperation, explored new areas and channels of mutually beneficial cooperation with developing countries and provided them with assistance within its ability.
Meanwhile, China has forged partnership with the world's major powers, and made common efforts to promote world peace and prosperity.
Besides, China has actively taken part in the United Nations affairs and carried out international cooperation on anti-terrorism, arms control, peace-keeping, development, human rights, law enforcement and environmental protection.
Li Junru, a well-known theorist in the Party, said that China is late in the progress of modernization and industrialization.
"However, we will not repeat the past bitter history of turbulence and instability in the world resulted from the rise of a big power, but seek a road that a new rising nation has never taken," Li said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao told a UN summit meeting in New York earlier this month that China will resolutely insist on the road of peaceful development, the independent foreign policy of peace and develop friendly relations and cooperation with various countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
Source: Xinhua News Agency