BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday voiced its support for multilateralism after France and Germany jointly proposed an "Alliance for Multilateralism" during a recent session at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart Heiko Maas intended to officially launch the Alliance during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly scheduled for September.
"China has always staunchly upheld, supported and practiced multilateralism," spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press briefing while commenting on the proposed Alliance, adding that China supports the efforts of the international community including France and Germany in maintaining multilateralism.
Lu said China stands ready to work with all parties in preserving the international order and regime with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at its core, and the rule-based multilateral trade regime with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core, with a commitment to multilateralism.
Against the backdrop of a surging trend toward economic globalization and multi-polarization as well as a constant increase in global challenges, the world needs multilateralism more than ever before, the spokesperson said.
Speaking of Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks at a forum on global governance attended by French, German and EU leaders during Xi's recently-concluded European visit, Lu mentioned Xi's advocacy for safeguarding multilateralism, enhancing international dialogue and cooperation, and jointly addressing the deficits in governance, trust, peace and development, so as to improve global governance.
"China is ready to work with all parties in facilitating a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, to jointly build a community of shared future for mankind," Lu added.