Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the call in his speech to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the fourth day of its annual general debate, Xinhua reported.
"As we have seen in Gaza, Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, our world is far from peaceful," Wang said. "In the face of incessant conflicts, we must ask ourselves, ' How can we open the door to lasting peace?'"
To address these problems, China believes that the international community should first seek political solutions, Wang stressed.
"To beat swords into ploughshares may take time and effort; but history and reality have repeatedly demonstrated that to meet violence with violence will not lead to enduring peace, and the use of force will create more problems than solutions," he said.
Wang underlined that coercive action should have the authorization of the Security Council.
If a country places its domestic law above international law and interferes in other countries' internal affairs at will or even seeks regime change, the legitimacy of its action cannot but be questioned by the international community, he added.
At the same time, Wang noted, the interests of all parties to a conflict should be accommodated.