A firm leader cru­cial for na­tion’s strength

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

Peo­ple in China and around the world were im­pressed by Sun­day’s mil­i­tary pa­rade of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) at the Zhurihe train­ing base in North China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion as part of cel­e­bra­tions for the PLA’s 90th an­niver­sary. Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, dressed in cam­ou­flage at­tire and re­viewed China’s mod­ern armed forces. This has boosted the con­fi­dence of the PLA and Chi­nese peo­ple.

With a stronger na­tion and mil­i­tary than ever, China has come to a new his­toric point with a greater mis­sion. It faces com­pre­hen­sive in­ter­nal re­forms and ex­ter­nal chal­lenges. In com­pli- cated times, the PLA pro­vides strate­gic sta­bil­ity to this coun­try.

A ris­ing China is faced with in­creas­ing ex­ter­nal un­cer­tain­ties and we should look to our­selves as the main source of sta­bil­ity and cer­tainty. Solv­ing both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal prob­lems de­pends on our willpower and wis­dom. China is a rapidly de­vel­op­ing power. This al­lows us to find more so­lu­tions to prob­lems. As more prob­lems emerge, mak­ing de­ci­sions is much more dif­fi­cult than ever.

China must not be spine­less or reck­less. It needs to be stead­fast and level-headed. As China pro­gressed and ma­tured in the past years, Xi be­came the core of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the leader of the PLA and the Chi­nese peo­ple. Great times and lead- ers are mu­tu­ally shaped.

The CPC un­der­takes no­ble re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to en­sure China’s peace and de­vel­op­ment, and en­able peo­ple to re­al­ize their dreams. The am­bi­tious re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be bet­ter iden­ti­fied when viewed in a his­tor­i­cal con­text.

The CPC, Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and the mil­i­tary should take on their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Na­tional co­he­sion is crit­i­cal for the peo­ple’s well­be­ing and coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive­ness, yet op­pos­ing voices of­ten find fa­vor in di­verse pub­lic opin­ions. Hence, hav­ing a firm leader is cru­cial for a power’s com­pre­hen­sive na­tional strength.

While lead­ers of other coun­tries do ev­ery­thing to look witty and elo­quent in front of the cam­era, a Chi­nese leader is de­voted to real work. It’s clear who knows his coun­try, unites the peo­ple and in­spires the mil­i­tary.

China has for­mi­da­ble tasks ahead, which may be com­pletely new to us. Mod­ern coun­tries have all de­signed a de­ci­sion-mak­ing sys­tem that cen­ters on a sci­en­tific and demo­cratic ap­proach. But as his­tory proves, none of th­ese can re­place the leader’s wis­dom. Hav­ing a bril­liant leader is of­ten a cru­cial fac­tor in de­cid­ing a coun­try’s fate.

China aims to re­ju­ve­nate the na­tion un­der the CPC’s lead­er­ship af­ter past or­deals. But this in­volves re­mark­able in­ter­nal gov­er­nance and in­ter­na­tional lead­er­ship, which is a big test for the na­tion. It would be a no­ble and for­mi­da­ble un­der­tak­ing for the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi as the core to lead to­day’s China.

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