Chi­nese dream can be shared by the world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - ZHENG XI­WEN The author is a Be­jing-based scholar of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

The Chi­nese dream not only steers a strate­gic blue­print for China’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, it also re­flects China’s for­eign poli­cies in the new era and has far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for the world. First, the Chi­nese dream is a dream of peace. Peace and de­vel­op­ment, echo­ing the themes of the times, are the means to achieve national pros­per­ity and re­ju­ve­na­tion, and en­sure peo­ple’s well-be­ing.

Through­out his­tory, China has sought peace­ful re­la­tions with other coun­tries. Zheng He (1371-1433) led trad­ing fleets west seven times, bring­ing peace and friend­ship to more than 30 coun­tries and re­gions in Asia, Africa and the Mid­dle East. The Silk Road link­ing China with cen­tral and western Asia and Europe was a road for peace­ful co­op­er­a­tion.

The Chi­nese peo­ple are deeply aware of the pre­cious­ness of peace, as China suf­fered hu­mil­i­a­tion and bul­ly­ing at the hands of for­eign in­vaders in mod­ern times.

China’s re­mark­able progress since re­form and open­ing-up has also made peo­ple fully aware that with­out peace lit­tle can be achieved. So the coun­try strives for de­vel­op­ment in a peace­ful global en­vi­ron­ment and pro­motes world peace through self-de­vel­op­ment.

China’s new lead­er­ship is de­ter­mined to pur­sue peace­ful de­vel­op­ment along with the Chi­nese peo­ple, which fully ex­hibits the peace­ful na­ture of the Chi­nese dream.

The Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China con­ducted a group study ses­sion on Jan 28 to ad­dress the topic of stick­ing to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment. Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Party who chaired the ses­sion, said the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment is a strate­gic choice the Party has made ac­cord­ing to the trend of the times and China’s fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests.

Sec­ond, the Chi­nese dream is a dream of de­vel­op­ment. It never aims to con­quer, sur­pass, or re­place any­one, it aims to bring ben­e­fits to the Chi­nese peo­ple and pro­pel com­mon global de­vel­op­ment.

Since the birth of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China more than six decades ago, China has made as­ton­ish­ing progress, ris­ing to be the sec­ond­largest econ­omy in the world. The com­pre­hen­sive strength of China as well as peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards has been en­hanced greatly.

How­ever, China’s ba­sic national con­di­tions re­main un­changed, it has a huge pop­u­la­tion, a weak eco­nomic foun­da­tion and un­bal­anced de­vel­op­ment. China’s per capita GDP ranks 89th on the global list.

Ac­cord­ing to the stan­dard set by the United Na­tions, 128 mil­lion peo­ple in China still live un­der the poverty line. De­vel­op­ment re­mains the coun­try’s top pri­or­ity. China’s de­vel­op­ment will vig­or­ously drive up the de­vel­op­ment of other coun­tries and re­gions, and pro­mote com­mon progress.

China wishes to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with all coun­tries based on the Five Prin­ci­ples of Peace­ful Co­ex­is­tence. It en­deav­ors to pro­mote de­vel­op­ment and re­solve dis­putes through co­op­er­a­tion and to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion by ex­pand­ing mu­tual ben­e­fits.

The to­tal value of China’s im­ports and ex­ports in­creased from just $20.6 bil­lion in 1978 to $3.87 tril­lion in 2012. The ac­tual for­eign cap­i­tal in­take in China was $117.22 bil­lion in 2012; while by April 2013, China had ab­sorbed for­eign cap­i­tal to­tal­ing $1.3 tril­lion, which was the sec­ond high­est in the world. At the same time, the coun­try’s non-fi­nan­cial out­ward di­rect in­vest­ment surged to $77.2 bil­lion last year, edg­ing it into a great power in out­ward in­vest­ment. More­over, China takes an ac­tive role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of free trade agree­ments, hav­ing signed FTAs with 10 economies.

China is also de­voted to the es­tab­lish­ment and de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms in­clud­ing the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion and the China-Arab Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum, and it has car­ried out com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion fea­tur­ing mu­tual ben­e­fits with the coun­tries and re­gions con­cerned. There­fore, the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese dream is in­cor­po­rated into China’s deep­en­ing prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with the rest of the world.

China has al­ways acted as a staunch force for safe­guard­ing world peace and de­vel­op­ment. From 2001 to 2011, China pro­vided more than 170 bil­lion yuan ($27.7 bil­lion) in for­eign as­sis­tance and ex­empted about 30 bil­lion yuan in ma­tured debts in­curred by 50 heav­ily in­debted and the least de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Also, China has dis­patched a to­tal of more than 20,000 peace­keep­ers and more than 1,600 po­lice of­fi­cers to par­tic­i­pate in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, which is the largest num­ber of per­son­nel dis­patched among the per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

More sig­nif­i­cantly, China has made great con­tri­bu­tions to the growth of the world econ­omy. Statis­tics from the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund show that China has con­trib­uted to nearly one­fourth of the global eco­nomic growth since break­out of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

It is pro­jected that by 2020, the pur­chas­ing power from the Chi­nese mar­ket will amount to 64 tril­lion yuan. In the next five years, the to­tal value of China’s im­ported prod­ucts will reach $10 tril­lion, and the value of to­tal for­eign in­vest­ment will sur­pass $500 bil­lion, pro­vid­ing mas­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties for the de­vel­op­ment of other coun­tries.

The Chi­nese dream will not only bring ben­e­fits to the Chi­nese peo­ple, but also to the whole world. And the Chi­nese dream is to share its aims and fruits with the dreams of the world.

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