19th Party congress key meet­ing at a cru­cial time: Xi

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Shan Jie

The up­com­ing 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) is a key meet­ing at a cru­cial time for the de­vel­op­ment of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has said.

The meet­ing also comes as China’s en­deavor to build a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety has en­tered the de­ci­sive stage, said Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion.

He made the re­marks at a work­shop at­tended by pro­vin­cial and min­is­te­rial of­fi­cials from Wed­nes­day to Thurs­day in Bei­jing in prepa­ra­tion for the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress. “Whether we can raise com­pre­hen­sive, strate­gic and fore­sighted guide­lines [at the

from Chi­nese ter­ri­tory in the Dok­lam Plateau, For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said.

“China’s po­si­tion will not change and the In­dian govern­ment and me­dia should better aban­don the il­lu­sion of us­ing force to bully China into a com­pro­mise,” Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions of the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times.

If In­dia re­fuses to with­draw its troops from Dok­lam, then the meet­ing would not be “mean­ing­ful” and China is also un­likely to fur­ther clar­ify its red­line or even de­liver an ul­ti­ma­tum to In­dia, be­cause we still want to of­fer In­dia a chance for a peace­ful so­lu­tion, said Lin Min­wang, a pro­fes­sor at Fu­dan Univer­sity’s Cen­ter for South Asian Stud­ies.

But, un­for­tu­nately, In­dia be­lieves it is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to us for a peace­ful so­lu­tion, Lin added.

BRICS pri­or­i­ties

In­dian Union Min­is­ter for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sushma Swaraj ear­lier said that both In­dia and China need to pull back their troops for any talks to be­gin. “This is the red­line New Delhi has set for a pos­si­ble con­ver­sa­tion” be­tween Do­val and Yang when they meet in Bei­jing, the In­dian Ex­press re­ported.

“There is no way China can ac­cept this. The Dok­lam Plateau is Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, some­thing also In­dia ac­knowl­edges. So, how can we with­draw our troops from our own ter­ri­tory af­ter In­dian troops have crossed the bor­der?” Hu asked.

“The China-In­dia bor­der ten­sion will not dom­i­nate the meet­ing in Bei­jing be­cause this is a reg­u­lar meet­ing be­tween BRICS coun­tries rather than an emer­gency mul­ti­lat­eral meet­ing on the bor­der ten­sion. As the host, we also need to con­sider other BRICS guests and dis­cuss other im­por­tant is­sues,” Hu said.

Lu said at the press con­fer­ence that the meet­ing will fo­cus on global gov­er­nance, coun­tert­er­ror­ism, In­ter­net se­cu­rity, en­ergy se­cu­rity, ma­jor global and re­gional is­sues, as well as na­tional se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment.

Lu said China hopes the meet­ing can fur­ther pro­tect com­mon in­ter­ests, pro­mote po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion among BRICS coun­tries, strengthen the co­he­sion and in­flu­ence of BRICS and help pre­pare for the BRICS sum­mit in Xi­a­men in Septem­ber.

‘Black­mail’ be­hav­ior

“In­dia’s be­hav­ior is like ‘black­mail’ to some ex­tent as it knows China will hold the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, which is a key po­lit­i­cal event,” Jin Can­rong, as­so­ci­ate dean of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at the Ren­min Univer­sity of China, told the Global Times.

He noted that China’s strate­gic pri­or­ity is its east­ern coast and the Asian-Pa­cific re­gion rather than the western bor­der ar­eas. So, China’s mil­i­tary pres­ence in the west is less than In­dia’s, Jin said.

In­dia be­lieves China does not want to start a con­flict with the out­side world, and there­fore it be­lieves it can use force to pro­voke China and win the com­pro­mise it wants, Jin said.

“How­ever, In­dia’s ‘black­mail’ will fail. Al­though China’s mil­i­tary de­ploy­ment is less, its qual­ity is su­pe­rior to In­dia’s, and the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) has the abil­ity to de­ploy more troops from other prov­inces to the bor­der area in Ti­bet. China has noth­ing to be afraid of even if the sit­u­a­tion re­quires a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion,” Hu said.

In­dia’s be­hav­ior has also failed to win the sup­port of other coun­tries, in­clud­ing ma­jor pow­ers like the US, Rus­sia, the EU and Ja­pan, which shows that its in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence is not as strong as it thinks, Hu added.

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