Stick to the path of peace­ful devel­op­ment

The Pak Banker - - Editorial - Dai Bing­guo

Sec­ond, China's sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and na­tional unity. Third, the ba­sic guar­an­tee for sus­tain­able eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment of China. These in­ter­ests brook no vi­o­la­tion. The Tai­wan ques­tion con­sti­tutes China's core in­ter­est con­cern­ing its uni­fi­ca­tion and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, dear to the heart of the 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese cit­i­zens and the whole Chi­nese nation. On this ques­tion, we pur­sue the ba­sic prin­ci­ple of "peace­ful uni­fi­ca­tion and one coun­try, two sys­tems". We will never al­low Tai­wan to split from China, nor will we ever com­mit our­selves to the re­nun­ci­a­tion of force. This is not tar­geted at our Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots but a hand­ful of Tai­wan sep­a­ratists. In re­cent years, the peace­ful devel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions has made pos­i­tive and sig­nif­i­cant progress as ev­i­denced by the sign­ing of Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Frame­work Agree­ment be­tween the two sides, which opens up greater prospects for the peace­ful devel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions. How­ever, there are those who, out of Cold War men­tal­ity and geo-po­lit­i­cal needs, have con­tin­ued to sell weapons to Tai­wan in dis­re­gard of China's firm op­po­si­tion. Such fail­ure to keep one's word should be cor­rected at once as it is not con­ducive to the peace­ful devel­op­ment of crossStraits re­la­tions and runs counter to the trend of peace, co­op­er­a­tion and devel­op­ment in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

China pur­sues a de­fense pol­icy that is de­fen­sive in na­ture. Its mil­i­tary build­ing is aimed at up­hold­ing sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, safe­guard­ing its more than 22,000 km-long land bound­ary and 18,000 km-long sea bound­ary and en­sur­ing devel­op­ment in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment. It is nei­ther driven by arms race nor the de­sire to seek hege­mony or ex­pan­sion. Some peo­ple in the world have the un­nec­es­sary worry that China will turn its grow­ing eco­nomic power into mil­i­tary might. Com­pared with quite a num­ber of coun­tries such as the United States and Ja­pan, China's mil­i­tary spend­ing is min­i­mal both in ag­gre­gate and per capita terms and can­not pose a threat to other coun­tries. As for trans­parency, there is no coun­try that is ab­so­lutely trans­par­ent in the mil­i­tary field. China's mil­i­tary trans­parency has been ris­ing over the past decades. Its strate­gic in­tent, in par­tic­u­lar, is more trans­par­ent than many other coun­tries, es­pe­cially some ma­jor pow­ers. For ex­am­ple, we have openly de­clared to the world that we will never seek hege­mony and openly com­mit­ted to no first use of nu­clear weapons and no use or threat of use of nu­clear weapons against non­nu­clear-weapon states. If other coun­tries fol­low suit, it will no doubt be a great con­tri­bu­tion to world peace, sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment. 7: How will China use its grow­ing power and in­flu­ence? The ob­jec­tive of China's devel­op­ment boils down to one sen­tence: to build a har­mo­nious so­ci­ety at home and help build a har­mo­nious world abroad. This means China will first of all be re­spon­si­ble to its 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple and also re­spon­si­ble to peo­ple across the world and world peace and devel­op­ment so that the fruits of China's devel­op­ment can ben­e­fit both its own peo­ple and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. There is mis­un­der­stand­ing about "giv­ing top pri­or­ity to China's devel­op­ment". Some peo­ple take it as a sign of duck­ing China's in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions. In fact, since the be­gin­ning of the re­form and open­ing-up, the Com­mu­nist Party of China has made it one of its three his­tor­i­cal tasks to up­hold world peace and pro­mote com­mon devel­op­ment. In re­cent years, the Party has fur­ther in­tro­duced the idea of build­ing a har­mo­nious world of en­dur­ing peace and com­mon pros­per­ity.

We are pay­ing greater at­ten­tion to and giv­ing more in­put in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs. First, China has taken an ac­tive part in the joint re­sponse to global is­sues such as en­ergy, food, cli­mate change, ter­ror­ism, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, in­fec­tious dis­eases and fi­nan­cial cri­sis as well as the set­tle­ment of re­gional hotspot is­sues such as the Korean nu­clear is­sue, the Ira­nian nu­clear is­sue, Pales­tine-Is­rael con­flict and the Dar­fur is­sue in Su­dan. Sec­ond, China is ac­tive in the build­ing of the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem. China has been a re­spon­si­ble player in the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem. It is a ben­e­fi­ciary as well as a builder and con­trib­u­tor. The cur­rent in­ter­na­tional sys­tem is not per­fect and should be re­formed and im­proved to keep pace with the chang­ing time so as to be fairer and more ra­tio­nal. China is ready to play a more ac­tive role in this process, in­clud­ing the mak­ing and im­prove­ment of in­ter­na­tional rules and will con­tinue to as­sume in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and obli­ga­tions com­men­su­rate with its na­tional strength. Third, China has ac­tively pro­moted the devel­op­ment agenda. We have fo­cused on our own devel­op­ment.

As China's devel­op­ment is an in­te­gral part of the world devel­op­ment, the fur­ther it de­vel­ops, the bet­ter for the world. Over the years, China's econ­omy has con­trib­uted over 10 per­cent to world eco­nomic growth and over 12 per­cent to in­ter­na­tional trade growth, cre­at­ing mil­lions of job op­por­tu­ni­ties for rel­e­vant coun­tries and re­gions. At the same time, we are not only an im­por­tant par­tic­i­pant in but also a ma­jor pro­moter of global devel­op­ment. We are ready to work with other coun­tries to push for­ward the UN Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals in the in­ter­est of world pros­per­ity and progress.

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