China's choice of taking a peaceful development path has demonstrated that the country's development is "peaceful", "open" and "cooperative", said a Chinese scholar in an article.
Xiong Guangkai, chairman of the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), expounded on China's external environment and why it pursues a peaceful development path.
In recent years, China has played an increasingly important role on the international stage. Its policies in the fields of national defense, diplomacy, trade, energy and exchange rate have attracted broad attention from the whole world, the article says.
Some countries wish to get benefits from China's development. But meanwhile, they also worry that its development may bring threats or challenges, it says.
With the development of world multilateralism, economic globalization and informatization, China's future development direction is drawing close attention from the whole world, the article says.
"Over the past year, Chinese leaders have pointed out on many big occasions that China sticks to a peaceful development road and pursues peaceful, open and cooperative development," it says.
China's pursuit of such a peaceful road is not only inheritance of the country's traditional culture but also an important embodiment of China's peaceful diplomacy, Xiong said.
Former Chinese leaders including Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin, always advocated world multilateralism and the establishment of a new international political and economic order.
In September, Chinese President Hu Jintao stated at the U.N. summit in New York that China firmly holds the banner of peace, development and cooperation and will continue to develop friendly cooperative ties with countries in the world on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence.