BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
The following are the Top Ten world
news events in the year 2017 selected by Xinhua in a
• "A COMMUNITY WITH SHARED DESTINY FOR MANKIND" ENSHRINED IN
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Jan. 18 made a keynote speech
at the United Nations (UN) Office in Geneva titled "Work
Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind,"
offering China’s solutions to cope with global challenges.
The international community resonated strongly.
The Chinese concept of building "a human community with
shared destiny" was on Feb. 11 incorporated into a UN resolution
for the first time on the 55th UN Commission for Social
Since then, the idea has been enshrined in the UN Security
Council, the Human Rights Council and the first committee of the
UN General Assembly, turning the Chinese concept into an
China’s international influence, charisma and molding force
have been further enhanced, and China’s diplomacy of major
powers has made new contributions to world peace and
• "AMERICA FIRST" POLICY GENERATES U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS
U.S. President Donald Trump on June. 18 announced the
decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.S. move was
"extremely disappointing" for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and promote global security.
Donald Trump, who took office in January, has announced the
U.S. withdrawal from the UN Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization as well as its ending participation in
negotiations for a Global Compact on Migration.
He has also announced the reconstruction of the U.S.-Mexico
border wall and introduced a number of moves with protectionist
tendencies of "America First," such as attempting to renegotiate
the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The "withdrawal" of the United States has undermined the
international multilateral cooperation system and brought new
challenges to global governance.
• QATAR SPAT DEEPENS MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMATIC RIFTS
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt
announced on June. 5 that they had severed diplomatic ties with
Qatar and imposed sanctions on the country, citing Qatar’s
"supporting terrorism" and "undermining regional security,"
following which came a multinational declaration of
disconnection with Qatar.
Qatar failed to comply with the demands of Saudi Arabia and
other countries to cut off relationships with Iran. Instead, it
declared a resumption of full diplomatic relations with the
country in August.
Qatar’s diplomatic storm has caused a serious rift between
the Gulf states.
Along with the Syria issue, Yemen civil war and
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it reflected the intense game
between the United States and Russia in the Middle East and the
complexity of struggles between countries such as Saudi Arabia
• DIPLOMATIC WAR HIGHLIGHTS DIFFICULTY IN MELTING U.S.-RUSSIA
U.S. President Donald Trump on Aug. 2 signed a bill that won
a sweeping majority vote in both houses of Congress to impose
sanctions on Russia, with additional financial sanctions against
Moscow responded to the sanctions by ordering a reduction in
the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia. A diplomatic and media
warfare has since erupted between the two sides featuring
deportation of diplomats, closure of diplomatic institutions and
restrictions of media activities.
Influenced by Russia’s "election interference," relationship
between the United States and Russia has not been picked up
through Donald Trump’s election in 2017.
The two countries are engaged in an intense game over
international hotspot issues including the situations in Ukraine
The strategic conflict between the two countries has
continued unabated, and their relationship seems hard to thaw.
• KOREAN PENINSULA SITUATION TIGHTENED FOR DPRK’S NUCLEAR
Defying international opposition, the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sept. 3 conducted its sixth nuclear
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2375
on Sept. 11 to impose new sanctions on DPRK, calling for a
peaceful settlement of the issue diplomatically and politically.
This year, the DPRK has repeatedly violated UN Security
Council resolutions with launch activities using ballistic
South Korea and the United States have conducted a series of
joint military exercises on the pretext of "coping with North
The United States has also re-listed the DPRK as a "state
sponsor of terrorism" and imposed unilateral sanctions on the
The strong positions and actions of both sides have increased
tension on the peninsula, causing concern among regional
countries and the international community.
• POPULISM HITS POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF EUROPE
The conservative union led by German sitting Chancellor
Angela Merkel on Sept. 24 defended its commanding role in the
Bundestag (German parliament), yet with a plummeting vote
compared with the election four years ago.
Meanwhile, the far-right party Alternative fuer Deutschland
(AfD) unexpectedly emerged as the third strongest party in
parliament, becoming the first rightwing populist party to enter
the Bundestag after World War II.
In the context of the refugee crisis and economic weakness,
intensified social division and political polarization are
becoming more and more obvious.
People have been losing faith in the main traditional party.
The Netherlands, France, Austria and other major countries
have chosen to call on the "anti-EU, anti-migrant" populist
parties to make a breakthrough during their 2017 general
election, which severely impacted the traditional political
landscape in Europe.
• FREQUENT TERRORIST INCIDENTS ROCKING WESTERN SOCIETIES
On Oct. 1, a mass shooting killed 59 people and injured 527
at an open-air concert in the western U.S. city of Las Vegas,
making it the deadliest massacre in modern American history.
The attack reflected a series of social ills in Western
countries, such as the rampant gun control, the deeply ingrained
violence culture, and the intensification of class division.
This year has witnessed over 300 fatal shootings in the
United States, as well as frequent outbreaks of terror in Europe
such as Manchester concert bombing, Champs-Elysees shooting in
Paris, and van attacks in Barcelona.
Reports of the Australian Economics and Peace Institute
showed that the number of violent deaths in the United States as
well as the developed countries in Europe in 2017 is expected to
hit a record high in the past 16 years.
• WORLD ECONOMY SEES REMARKABLE RECOVERY
The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 10 raised its
forecast for the world economic growth this year and next year
to 3.6 percent and 3.7 percent respectively, significantly
higher than last year’s 3.2 percent.
And 75 percent of the world’s economy is expected to grow
faster this year.
This has been the fastest growth in global economy in nearly
a decade, with the recovery of major economies shifting from
"differentiation" to "synchronization" and the recovery of
emerging economies being more pronounced and balanced.
China’s bright economic performance is still the biggest
source of global economic growth, among the supports of the
world’s relatively loose monetary fiscal policy as well as
scientific and technological innovation.
However, the rise of trade protectionism and
counter-globalization in developed countries deserves vigilance.
• COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA PROFOUNDLY INFLUENCES WORLD
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
(CPC) was successfully held on Oct. 18-24, which established Xin
Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a
New Era, and which embarked on a new journey of socialism with
The congress drew great attention from the international
community, which pointed out that China’s new era is also a new
opportunity for the world.
The congress noted that China will hold high the banner of
peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, work toward
a new form of international relations featuring mutual respect,
fairness, justice and win-win cooperation and a community of
shared future for mankind.
The blueprint drawn at the congress has generated positive
reactions overseas, and the world is more optimistic about
Overseas public opinion thinks that the 19th CPC National
Congress is actually a "global" conference, seeking for the
maintenance of world peace and common development "standing in
front of the world map."
China has "provided a key" for the world which is facing
numerous challenges and disorientation today. With its unique
wisdom, China has made a great contribution to improving the
global governance system.
• ISLAMIC STATE GROUP PENETRATING OUTWARD AFTER DEFEAT
Pro-government forces in Syria and Iraq respectively
announced on Nov. 19 and Dec. 9 that they had defeated the
Islamic State (IS) group in its control zones in both countries.
Since then, the IS has lost its last stronghold in the Middle
East and the international fight against terrorism has won a
However, the IS group did not die out, attacking mosques in
Egypt, being active in Afghanistan and showing up in Europe and
As IS members are repatriated, they have been spread to many
other countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and
The diversification and decentralization of terrorist
activities across the world continues to pose a serious problem
for the international community in the fight against terrorism.