Peace­ful De­vel­op­ment China's Con­tri­bu­tion and Com­mit­ment

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor’s Desk -

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment pub­lished a white pa­per ear­lier this year on China's peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, which elab­o­rates on China's strate­gic in­ten­tions for de­vel­op­ment and the guid­ing prin­ci­ples in han­dling in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Be­ing the Chi­ne­seAm­bas­sador to Pak­istan, I feel a sense of duty to brief more on our path of de­vel­op­ment, so as to in­tro­duce a com­pre­hen­sive and vivid im­age of China, for our Pak­istani friends' kind ref­er­ence. For this pur­pose, I would like to an­swer some ques­tions with re­gard to China's strat­egy of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment. What isChina's peace­ful de­vel­op­ment in gener al? It means that China will de­velop it­self in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment and will con­trib­ute more to world peace as it gets stronger. It means seek­ing progress and har­mony at home, and co­op­er­a­tion and peace abroad. It is a new path, a clean break from zero-sum pol­i­tics, cold war men­tal­ity and hege­mony. It is an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the hu­man civ­i­liza­tion. It is China's strate­gic choice for re­al­iz­ing mod­ern­iza­tion and pros­per­ity. Our com­mit­ments are no preach­ing but ac­tion. As the will of the state, it has been trans­lated into the na­tional de­vel­op­ment plan and var­i­ous poli­cies, and prac­ticed in its in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments. By the end of 2009, China had given as­sis­tance worth RMB 256.3 bil­lion to 161 coun­tries and over 30 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­duced and can­celed 380 debts in­curred by 50 least-de­vel­oped coun­tries, trained 120,000 peo­ple for other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and sent 21,000 med­i­cal per­son­nel and nearly 10,000 teach­ers abroad to help oth­ers. China has dis­patched about 21,000 per­son­nel on 30 UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions. It is a mem­ber of over 100 in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, a party to over 300 in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions. Howthe con­cept comes from? The idea of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment is not wa­ter without source, but is based on China's long and pro­found his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural tra­di­tion. Valu­ing har­mony and peace is deeply em­bed­ded in the mind of ev­ery gen­er­a­tion of Chi­nese, and has be­come a phi­los­o­phy un­der­pin­ning the con­duct of re­la­tion­ship be­tween men and na­tions. Once suf­fered of in­va­sion by im­pe­rial pow­ers, China will not do to oth­ers what we don't want done to our­selves. More­over, the trend toward multi-po­lar­ity and glob­al­iza­tion is ir­re­sistible. Coun­tries are more in­ter­de­pen­dent than ever be­fore. Shar­ing ben­e­fits of de­vel­op­ment and manag­ing chal­lenges to­gether has be­come a pre­vail­ing trend. What are the defin­ing fea­tures? China' path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment has six highlights. The first is sci­en­tific de­vel­op­ment. It puts peo­ple first, pro­motes com­pre­hen­sive, bal­anced, and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. The sec­ond is in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ment. It fo­cuses on do­mes­tic de­vel­op­ment and re­lies on it­self for in­de­cency. The third is open de­vel­op­ment. China adopts open-up pol­icy, makes best use for­eign re­sources, and in­te­grates it­self with the rest of the world. The fourth is peace­ful de­vel­op­ment. China never en­gages in ag­gres­sion or ex­pan­sion, never seeks hege­mony, and re­mains a staunch force for up­hold­ing re­gional and world peace and sta­bil­ity. The fifth is co­op­er­a­tive de­vel­op­ment. China uses co­op­er­a­tion as a way to pursue peace, pro­mote de­vel­op­ment and set­tle dis­putes. The sixth is com­mon de­vel­op­ment. China works to en­sure that its own de­vel­op­ment and the de­vel­op­ment of other coun­tries are mu­tu­ally re­in­forc­ing, with the trend of eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion. Howto viewChina's fu­ture path? China's com­mit­ment to peace­ful de­vel­op­ment is not an act of ex­pe­di­ency, but based on its ba­sic na­tional con­di­tions. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment pub­lished a white pa­per ear­lier this year on China's peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, which elab­o­rates on China's strate­gic in­ten­tions for de­vel­op­ment and the guid­ing prin­ci­ples in han­dling in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Be­ing the Chi­ne­seAm­bas­sador to Pak­istan, I feel a sense of duty to brief more on our path of de­vel­op­ment, so as to in­tro­duce a com­pre­hen­sive and vivid im­age of China, for our Pak­istani friends' kind ref­er­ence. For this pur­pose, I would like to an­swer some ques­tions with re­gard to China's strat­egy of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment. What isChina's peace­ful de­vel­op­ment in gener al? It means that China will de­velop it­self in a peace­ful

*Liu J ian

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