Congress vi­sion aligns with peace, devel­op­ment

People's Review - - OP-ED - BY XUE LI

The re­port de­liv­ered by Xi Jin­ping at the open­ing of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) in­tro­duced "Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era," gave form to the ba­sic strat­egy of ad­her­ing and devel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. Ac­cord­ing to Xi's re­port on home af­fairs, so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has crossed the thresh­old into a new era, and the Chi­nese na­tion has un­der­gone an enor­mous trans­for­ma­tion - it has stood up, grown rich and be­come stronger. To­day, China is closer, more con­fi­dent, and more ca­pa­ble than ever be­fore to mak­ing the goal of na­tional rejuvenation a re­al­ity. He also stressed that the Party is the high­est force for po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship which em­bod­ies the essence of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics. The re­port noted that the march of devel­op­ment is ir­re­versible, the mu­tual de­pen­dence of each coun­try is in­creas­ingly strength­ened and forces in the in­ter­na­tional arena are more bal­anced. In this light, hu­man so­ci­ety is fac­ing a se­ries of com­mon chal­lenges. Xi thus ap­pealed to all na­tions to make con­certed ef­forts in build­ing a com­mu­nity of com­mon destiny. China ad­vo­cates world gov­er­nance through con­sul­ta­tions, par­tic­i­pa­tion and shar­ing, calls the de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, sup­ports giv­ing full play to the roles of the UN, pro­mot­ing greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion and voice of devel­op­ing coun­tries, in or­der to build an open, in­clu­sive, clean, and beau­ti­ful world that en­joys last­ing peace, and com­mon pros­per­ity. For China it­self, its ma­jor task un­til the mid­dle of the cen­tury is to take for a two-step ap­proach to build China into a great mod­ern so­cial­ist coun­try that is pros­per­ous, strong, demo­cratic, cul­tur­ally ad­vanced, har­mo­nious and beau­ti­ful. It is be­lieved that such dream is shared by ev­ery coun­try. Hence, in terms of fu­ture diplo­macy, China will stick to the ba­sic prin­ci­ple of peace­ful devel­op­ment and re­form and open­ing up, keep­ing pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion un­der the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions to not only Chi­nese peo­ple, but also to all hu­mans across the world. Bei­jing will keep fol­low­ing the path of peace­ful devel­op­ment and firmly pur­sue an in­de­pen­dent for­eign pol­icy un­der­lined by peace. When it comes to ma­jor power diplo­macy, China pur­sues sta­ble and co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment. In terms of pe­riph­eral for­eign poli­cies, Bei­jing sticks to the pol­icy fea­tur­ing amity, sin­cer­ity, mu­tual ben­e­fit and in­clu­sive­ness, a pol­icy of friend­ship and part­ner­ship. It will also up­hold the right ap­proach to jus­tice and in­ter­ests, ad­here to the prin­ci­ples of sin­cer­ity, prac­ti­cal re­sults, affin­ity and good faith to de­velop its re­la­tions with devel­op­ing coun­tries. In terms of diplo­macy, China ad­vo­cates hold­ing onto a com­pre­hen­sive view of na­tional se­cu­rity with po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity as the ba­sis. It should have a plan for ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, en­sure its own se­cu­rity while pro­mot­ing com­mon se­cu­rity. With a de­fen­sive na­tional de­fense pol­icy, China should be ded­i­cated to estab­lish­ing a new view on se­cu­rity which fea­tures co­op­er­a­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity. Eco­nom­i­cally, China should pri­or­i­tize devel­op­ment. Eye­ing both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic sit­u­a­tion, China should stick to its Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, pro­mote trade and in­no­va­tive in­vest­ment and push for­ward in­dus­trial co­op­er­a­tion. It should re­lease con­ve­nient poli­cies for free trade and in­vest­ment, re­lax the stan­dard for mar­ket en­try and ex­pand the ser­vice in­dus­try over­seas. In the cul­tural sphere, we must em­pha­size the im­por­tance of cul­ture and the ne­ces­sity of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions. In Xi's re­port to the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress, it stressed that cul­ture is a coun­try and na­tion's soul and mat­ters for na­tional rejuvenation. The so­cial­ist cul­ture with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics in­cludes tra­di­tional cul­ture, rev­o­lu­tion­ary cul­ture and ad­vanced so­cial­ist cul­ture. Within the coun­try, China should im­ple­ment core so­cial­ist val­ues and pro­mote cul­tural soft power. In­ter­na­tion­ally, China can en­hance its com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. In to­tal­ity, the state­ment about diplo­macy ar­tic­u­lated in Xi's re­port sum­ma­rized the ex­plo­ration and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the diplo­matic the­o­ries since the 18th Na­tional Congress and the ba­sic strat­egy of China's diplo­macy in this new era, which is to seek co­op­er­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and pro­mote the com­mu­nity of com­mon destiny as a har­bin­ger of world peace, a contributor to global devel­op­ment and a main­tainer of in­ter­na­tional or­der.

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