Why China will rise peacefully under Communist Party leadership?

15:40, July 04, 2011      

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The Communist Party of China developed the important strategy of a peaceful rise after the country's economy entered a period of rapid growth, thanks to the introduction of the Reform and Open Door Policy.

The Party developed the strategy of a peaceful rise because it grasped the pulse of the times. In the second half of the 20th century, the theme of the times gradually changed from war and revolution to peace and development. It was a significant change that exerted a far-reaching influence in the development of the world. Nowadays most countries are seeking peace, development and cooperation, and China's peaceful rise strategy is in line with the current global trend. Sun Yat-sen once said, "World progress is like a tidal wave. Those who ride it will prosper, and those who sail against it will perish."

The Party developed the strategy of a peaceful rise because it knew the general direction of the world. Like it or not, the world is becoming increasingly interdependent. A country cannot develop or achieve modernization without cooperating with the rest of the world. In order to achieve a peaceful rise, China needs to ride the wave of globalization. By carrying out reform and joining the WTO, China has made remarkable progress in the process of a peaceful rise in this increasingly globalized world.

The strategy of peaceful rise is the policy proposed by the Party based on historical experience.

Western powers launched unscrupulous plunder and expansion worldwide over the past few centuries when they were rising, which was intensively revolted by oppressed people and oppressed nations worldwide. The colonial expansion finally failed. The peaceful rise means no expansion.

After the World War II, the Soviet Union experienced a rapid rise and embarked on the road of launching an arms race and striving for hegemony with the United States, which finally ended in failure. The Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991. The peaceful rise means no hegemony.

Two rival military blocs appeared in the context of U.S.-Soviet confrontation after the World War II ended: the Warsaw Treaty Organization and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The emergence of the two military blocs is the product of the bipolar era. However, the bipolar era has ended and the Warsaw Treaty Organization has also disintegrated. The peaceful rise means no military alliances.

China's peaceful rise is a policy put forward by the Party based on taking into account the fundamental interests of both the Chinese nation and the people of the world. What is the goal of the Chinese people and the people of the world after the world entered into the 21st century? It is to build a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity. Peace and prosperity are an eternal dream for mankind that could not be achieved in the past. However, the possibility of fulfilling the dream has been emerging since the start of the 21st century. The rise of a group of developing countries around the world means that there will be considerable improvement in the livelihood of billions of people and the possibility of their leading decent lives will be no longer a dream.

Certainly, a significant part of people around the world are still trapped in hunger and poverty, but the progress and expansion of the tide of peace, development and cooperation will raise the potential for building a world of lasting peace and common prosperity. China's peaceful rise means that China serves as a major force in promoting peace, development and cooperation.

China's peaceful rise is not a slogan but China's more than 30 years of practice that has proven that the path is correct and China will continue to follow the path in the future. Achieving China's peaceful rise, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the renascence of Chinese civilization will benefit both the Chinese nation and the entire world.

The author, Wu Jianmin, is a special commentator of People's Daily and an academician at the European Academy of Sciences. The article is translated by People's Daily Online
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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