Na­tional se­cu­rity

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The first meet­ing of China’s newly es­tab­lished Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sion (on April 15) of­fi­cially sig­nals the start of its op­er­a­tions and the foun­da­tion of a na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Chair­ing the NSC meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping elab­o­rated on his vi­sion for an over­all na­tional se­cu­rity — in­ter­nal as well as ex­ter­nal se­cu­rity. He said China faces, in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally, the most com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion in its his­tory. Given the de­vel­op­ment trends in China and the rest of the world, the coun­try will get and face “un­par­al­leled” op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges dur­ing the course of its de­vel­op­ment.

There­fore, Xi said, the coun­try needs to ur­gently form a na­tional se­cu­rity out­look, broader in range and scope, at a time when the world is un­der­go­ing multi-po­lar­iza­tion, glob­al­iza­tion is deep­en­ing and the flow of in­for­ma­tion is overwhelming.

Ev­ery coun­try has its own na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues. And most coun­tries, es­pe­cially the big pow­ers, have con­cluded that the times de­mand the es­tab­lish­ment of a na­tional se­cu­rity com­mit­tee. Con­sid­er­ing its in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment, de­vel­op­ment stage and its strate­gic de­vel­op­ment goals, China can be char­ac­ter­ized as “a so­cial­ist coun­try ris­ing to (be­come) a ma­jor world player”, which is quite dif­fer­ent from other ma­jor pow­ers to­day.

Con­se­quently, since it faces un­prece­dented chal­lenges and con­tra­dic­tions in the course of its de­vel­op­ment, China can­not pos­si­bly copy the past or present se­cu­rity pat­terns of other coun­tries. So, it has to find an in­de­pen­dent path to a na­tional se­cu­rity plan, a path with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

China will es­tab­lish a na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem to safe­guard its po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sys­tem, its ter­ri­tory, mil­i­tary, econ­omy, cul­ture, and sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, and its en­vi­ron­ment, nat­u­ral re­sources and nu­clear pro­grams.

On the do­mes­tic front, the safety of the people is para­mount and the coun­try will rally the sup­port of the people to safe­guard na­tional ter­ri­tory and sovereignty. Ex­ter­nally, China will strive to build a com­mon se­cu­rity net­work be­cause its na­tional se­cu­rity can­not be sep­a­rated from the se­cu­rity of in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sion meets the ur­gent need to carry for­ward the mod­ern­iza­tion of na­tional gov­er­nance sys­tem and to en­sure the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity. The first meet­ing of the NSC has taken a firm step to­ward build­ing a per­fect na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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