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CPC committed to peace, common good of humanity

By Rod P. Kapunan | China Daily Global | Updated: 2021-07-13 09:27
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A grand gathering celebrating the centenary of the CPC is held in Beijing, July 1, 2021. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/China Daily]

One immortal portion of the speech by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, at the ceremony on July 1 marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, was his emphasis on China remaining committed "to promoting peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, to an independent foreign policy of peace, and to the path of peaceful development".

To achieve the lofty idealism, Xi said, China "will work to build a new type of international relations and a human community with a shared future, promote high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative through joint efforts, and use China's new achievements in development to provide the world with new opportunities."

Though the commitment to peaceful development is familiar in speeches of the Chinese leadership, the reemphasis on the important occasion of the CPC centenary showcases the Party's determination for peace and its will to contribute to the common good of humanity in the following decades.

This lofty idealism also aims to impart to the world that China's role is for humanity to observe the conduct of what is right and what is wrong. As the world encounters great changes ahead, the rise of China is providing the world with not only a distinct path of a rising power without large warfare, but also opportunities for shared development and common prosperity, which is unlike any Western power had done during the past centuries.

"As a nation, we have a strong sense of pride and confidence," Xi said. "We have never bullied, oppressed or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will. By the same token, we will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress or subjugate us."

Analyzing what he said, one can feel that history will never be repeated in China, which had suffered humiliation and wars from imperial powers before the CPC established the People's Republic of China in 1949. The dark historical chapter, in which the Chinese people were oppressed, bullied, humiliated and made to sign unequal treaties by foreign powers, is gone forever.

The CPC is tasked with letting people understand the past in order to build a peaceful future.

The Chinese path is that "we must uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics", Xi said. "Socialism with Chinese characteristics is a fundamental achievement of the Party and the people, forged through innumerable hardships and great sacrifices, and it is the right path for us to achieve national rejuvenation. As we have upheld and developed socialism with Chinese characteristics and driven coordinated progress in material, political, cultural-ethical, social, and ecological terms, we have pioneered a new and uniquely Chinese path to modernization, and created a new model for human advancement."

This model of building up a moderately prosperous society and modernizing the largest country in the world is bliss for all humanity, and it showcases new doors for developing nations to overcome poverty and backwardness.

Philosophically, directing the path to where the Party is heading, the CPC is not only dialectical, but also most dynamic in responding to every problem that confronts it. As a dynamic Party, it remains innovative and refuses to be fettered by the ideological dogmatism that has hounded parties of other countries. It is dialectical because the Party continually evolves and adapts to new realities.

Maybe that sense of innovation was itself the hallmark of being revolutionary, for it dares to introduce new ideas that today bear the fruit of success.

Closely related to this is the unwholesome habit of some Western powers to lecture China on what is right, ignoring the United Nations principle of treating nations as sovereign equals.

Like any other nation, China stands as an equal to the United States, and it needs nobody to lecture it on how it should go about doing its business in dealing with other nations.

As State Councilor Yang Jiechi said during China-US talks in Anchorage, Alaska, in March, "What China and the international community follow or uphold is the United Nations-centered international system and the international order underpinned by international law, not what is advocated by a small number of countries of the so-called rules-based international order."

The US side is not qualified to lecture others while it keeps breaking international norms, withdrawing from international agreements and infringing upon others' sovereign rights.

If the US wants to deal properly with China, it should follow the necessary protocols and do things the right way for the benefit of humanity, not a privileged few.

With vigor and vitality, the CPC is leading China on a new journey toward overall modernization, which will enhance human capacity toward a shared future of common prosperity.

The author is a Manila-based political analyst and columnist with the Manila Standard.

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