Posts in world bod­ies re­flect ris­ing stature

That more Chi­nese peo­ple take high po­si­tions in in­ter­na­tional agen­cies is ev­i­dence of Bei­jing’s rep­u­ta­tion as a lead­ing re­former of the world or­der.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

China’s Vice-Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Se­cu­ri­tyMeng Hong­wei was elected pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Po­lice Or­ga­ni­za­tion ear­lier this month, be­com­ing first the Chi­nese of­fi­cial to hold the post. Meng is one among the in­creas­ing num­ber of Chi­nese of­fi­cials hold­ing of­fices in in­ter­na­tional agen­cies, such asMar­garet Chan, di­rec­tor-gen­eral ofWorld Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

China, as Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said in hisNewYear ad­dress, can­not be ab­sent from in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ex­pects to know about Chi­nese plans and voices. From a par­tic­i­pa­tor in global gover­nance to a staunch re­former, Bei­jing now has more than just in­ten­tion to pro­vide qual­ity pub­lic goods.

On the ma­te­rial front, China has be­come a ma­jor eco­nomic en­gine con­tribut­ing to about 30 per­cent of the global growth in the post-global fi­nan­cial cri­sis era. TheUnit­edNa­tions, which wants to achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals by 2030, should wel­come Bei­jing’s ef­fort to in­vest in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and ex­empt the least de­vel­oped ones from re­pay­ing the in­ter­est-free debts due at the end of 2015.

China is also mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to es­tab­lish an in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment knowl­edge cen­ter to fa­cil­i­tate stud­ies and ex­changes among coun­tries on de­vel­op­ment the­o­ries and prac­tices suited to their na­tional con­di­tions, as well as an as­sis­tance fund for SouthSouth co­op­er­a­tion.

The Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and 21st Cen­tu­ryMar­itime Silk Road (or the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive), theAsian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank and the BRICS NewDevel­op­ment Bank epit­o­mize China’s in­sti­tu­tional ef­forts to im­prove global gover­nance. The AIIB is bring­ing wel­com­ing changes to the global fi­nan­cial or­der, as are the Belt and Road projects to im­prove re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity and co­op­er­a­tive mech­a­nisms. The BRICSNewDevel­op­ment Bank, on the other hand, is al­ready press­ing ahead with five in­vest­ment projects with a fo­cus on clean en­ergy and trans­porta­tion.

By lift­ing more than 600 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty and mak­ing no­table progress in pro­mot­ing fair ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic health and women’s wel­fare, China has re­al­ized most of it­sMil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals. Its suc­cess has not only im­proved the lives and liveli­hoods of the more than 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple, but also served as an apt ex­am­ple of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion for other coun­tries.

The ex­em­plary ef­fects of China’s de­vel­op­ment have gone be­yond that. China’s in­clu­sive, co­op­er­a­tive and sus­tain­able views on Asian se­cu­rity is a sil­ver lin­ing against the back­drop of ris­ing anti-glob­al­iza­tion sen­ti­ments and zero-sum men­tal­ity. And its in­creas­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the fight against cli­mate change and do­mes­tic cor­rup­tion are in the in­ter­ests of the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Once stig­ma­tized as a “free rider” of glob­al­iza­tion, China has ful­filled most of its com­mit­ments to global gover­nance and is work­ing harder than ever to dis­charge its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as an emerg­ing ma­jor power.

That­moreChi­nese peo­ple take high po­si­tions in in­ter­na­tional agen­cies is ev­i­dence of Bei­jing’s rep­u­ta­tion as a lead­ing re­former of the world or­der. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional af­fair­swouldin turn im­proveChina’s na­tional im­age­and agenda-set­ting ca­pa­bil­ity, as well as help mod­ern­ize its do­mes­tic gover­nance. The author is a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

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