As wars and conflicts continue in some parts of the world, hunger and disease continue to be prevalent, and misunderstanding and opposition grow, China on Tuesday offered its solution to global challenges: cooperation.
“No country can remain aloof in the face of global challenges, and cooperation is the only option,” said Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese president, in a keynote speech delivered via video link in Beijing to the CPC and World Political Parties Summit.
The summit’s theme is “For the People’s Wellbeing: Political Parties’ Responsibilities.” The summit was attended by over 500 leaders of political parties and political organizations from over 160 countries, as well as over 10,000 party representatives.
Xi urged political parties to embrace the concept of global community with a shared future in his speech.
“When viewed through the lens of ‘my own country first,’ the world is a cramped and crowded place sustained by fierce competition,” Xi said. “When viewed through the lens of ‘a global community with a shared future,’ the world is a vast and vast place full of opportunities for cooperation.”
Leave no country or nation behind
No country or nation should be left behind on the path to the well-being of all humanity, Xi said in his speech.
Xi stated that all countries and nations are equally entitled to development opportunities and rights, and that development is a right of all countries rather than an exclusive privilege of a few.
Xi urged world political parties to address the issue of the development gap and pay more attention to developing countries and regions.
He also urged political parties around the world to unite in their opposition to the practice of seeking technology blockade, division, and decoupling.
“We need to enable all countries to step up development cooperation and ensure that the fruits of development are shared by all,” Xi said, emphasizing that any political manipulation aimed at sabotaging other countries’ development and undermining other peoples’ livelihoods will receive little support and prove futile.
Oppose unilateralism disguised as multilateralism
“We must oppose unilateralism masquerading as multilateralism and say no to hegemony and power politics,” Xi said.
“All countries, not just a few individuals, should agree on international rules. Cooperation among countries should aim to serve all humanity rather than seek hegemony through group politics, Xi reiterated.
He emphasized that China will never seek hegemony, expansion, or a sphere of influence, and that China will always be a member of the developing world.
CPC willing to shoulder more responsibilities
According to Xi, the CPC is eager to make new contributions to improving human well-being.
Since 2012, China has assisted 98.99 million rural people in escaping poverty, meeting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s target ten years ahead of schedule.
Concerning China’s success in poverty alleviation, Xi stated that the CPC is willing to contribute more Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the global poverty-reduction effort.
China will spare no effort to support international cooperation against COVID-19, he said, adding that the country will go to great lengths to deliver on its promise of carbon peak and neutrality.
Democracy, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping, is “not the patent of a few countries,” an apparent reference to the West’s efforts to put pressure on Beijing over its actions in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Xi was speaking at an online conference hosted by the Chinese Communist Party, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. According to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, leaders from over 500 political parties and organizations from more than 160 countries attended.
Xi emphasized in his keynote speech that China has developed under Communist Party rule.
He stated that democracy is a “right of the people of all countries.” “Whether a country is democratic or not must be judged by the people of the country, not by a few people,” he said.
In an apparent reference to the Western-led global political system, he also stated that international cooperation “should not seek world hegemony through small-group politics.”
He went on to say that “China will always be a member of the big family of developing countries and will work tirelessly to improve developing countries’ representation and voice.”