On July 1, we held a solemn ceremony to commemorate the centennial of the Communist Party of China. The Communist Party of China had just over 50 members when it was founded. With over 95 million members in a country of over 1.4 billion people, it has grown to become the world’s largest governing party and wields enormous international influence. The CPC united and led the Chinese people in the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, with the Chinese people as its master.
We have established our basic socialism system and have steadfastly advanced reform and opening up while maintaining and improving the socialism with Chinese characteristics. We have achieved the first centennial goal of creating a moderately prosperous society in all aspects, resulting in a historic resolution to China’s problem of absolute poverty. We are now making confident strides toward the second centennial goal of transforming China into a great modern socialist country in every way.
In China, how could the CPC survive? I’d like to express my thoughts. First and foremost, the CPC always adheres to the people-centered philosophy. In his speech commemorating the CPC’s 100th anniversary, President Xi Jinping stated, “This country is its people; the people are the country.” We have been fighting to earn and keep the people’s support as we have fought to establish and consolidate our leadership over the country. The people are the Party’s roots, lifeblood, and source of strength. The Party has always acted in the best interests of all Chinese people. The Party has no self-serving interests.” More than 500,000 cadres have been dispatched as first secretaries to poverty-stricken villages since the CPC’s 18th National Congress, and more than three million cadres have been sent to work and help as resident officials in these villages. More than 1800 cadres gave their lives on the front lines of poverty alleviation. Since the Covid-19 pandemic’s outbreak, a total of 29.771 million party members have dedicated themselves to front-line pandemic prevention and control efforts, accounting for 76.1 percent of the total. 396 of them gave their lives in the process. When faced with urgent, dangerous, or difficult tasks, CPC party members always rushed to the front lines for the simple reason of serving the people wholeheartedly.
Second, the CPC always promotes innovation while adhering to the tenets. Looking back over a century, Chinese communists have always followed Marxism’s guidance in different historical periods, adapting it to national conditions and the call of the times. They have the audacity to defy stereotypes and advance conceptual and theoretical innovation. They created Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era by adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and needs of the times. These have provided scientific and theoretical guidance for the party’s and people’s development. The CPC has always prioritized the need to modernize China’s system and capacity for governance, and it has built and improved the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, such as the People’s Congress, the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation, the system of regional national autonomy, and the system of community-level self-governance. All of this has provided a system guarantee for the realization of the Chinese nation’s great rejuvenation.
These four commitments fully demonstrate China’s determination and responsibility to integrate its development with the global prosperity.
Major countries, in particular, must set a good example in order to practice multilateralism. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of China regaining its rightful seat at the United Nations. Our fellow developing countries, including Nepal, “carried” the People’s Republic of China into the United Nations fifty years ago.
In the five decades since, China has steadfastly supported the legitimate rights and interests of fellow developing countries and spoken out on their behalf. China has proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and opportunities for shared development with developing countries. Nepal is an important partner for China in jointly building the BRI, and bilateral cooperation between China and Nepal in various fields has made positive progress. The Kathmandu Durbar High School Reconstruction Project, which was funded by China, has been completed and handed over to Nepal. The Tokha-Chhahare Tunnel Project’s pre-feasibility study is now complete. Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha International Airport are nearing completion. The third phase of the China-aided Araniko Highway Long-term Opening Maintenance Project has begun. The Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network is taking shape gradually.