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Hold high banner of peace, development, cooperation

(People's Daily)

15:29, October 17, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The development and progress of any nation needs favorable domestic and international conditions.

"In order to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, we must firmly hold high the banner of peace, development and cooperation," Chinese President Hu Jintao recently said at a ceremony marking the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Revolution. As the keynote speaker, Hu expounded upon the necessary conditions and the global significance of China’s national rejuvenation.

China, with over 5,000 years of uninterrupted civilization, has long been a peace-loving nation, which has upheld high moral standards and made great contributions to the well-being of mankind throughout its history. However, the country adopted a closed-door policy during the Qing Dynasty, which caused it to gradually become weak and to suffer greatly from barbaric Western invasion in the last century. In the face of an increasingly grave national crisis, China managed to ride the global wave of modernization.

After the Opium War, countless far-sighted, open-minded, brave and ambitious patriots in China devoted themselves to achieving national independence and rejuvenation by carefully examining the domestic and international situation, following the world trends and integrating the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation into the historical development of the world.

A hundred years ago, China was a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society where the people were suffering from foreign invasions, domestic turbulences, poverty and countless miseries. After the new China was founded, especially after the Reform and Opening-up started, China seized the important strategic opportunity of a peaceful and stable environment and realized an economic boom. China has become much stronger and the people of China have become much more affluent. The great historic changes of the past 100 years have proven that China needs not only a stable and cohesive domestic environment but also a peaceful international environment in order to realize the progress and development of the Chinese nation.

"China should not only recover its international status but also shoulder its heavy duty to the world" is an enthusiastic ideal of Sun Yat-sen and other forefathers of the 1911 Revolution. "China should make a large contribution to the entire human race" is a statement proudly made by Mao Zedong and other members of the Communist Party of China.

From opposing the hegemony and power politics to safeguarding the peace of the world and to solving the food and clothes issue of 20 percent of the world's population and leading them to a welfare, from promoting the multi-polarization of the world and the democratization of international relations to coping with global challenges including the international financial crisis, climate change and nuclear proliferation, from the international rescue teams from China in tsunami and earthquake sites to the Chinese peace-keeping naval fleet in the Gulf of Aden, the socialist China is fulfilling its words of the history by ceaseless practical actions.

Looking back on China's one century of history, the Chinese nation has achieved the transition from the verge of collapse to the great rejuvenation; only the socialist China can translate the ideals and ideas concerning the international responsibility and cultural contributions of China’s development into reality an actions, and has continued to use its remarkable achievements to show the world that China has and will always serve as a positive force preserving the world peace and promoting joint development.

In retrospect, the Chinese nation has been aware that China's future and fate have been increasingly closely linked with that of the world, and China cannot develop in isolation from the world and the world cannot maintain prosperity and stability without China's involvement. China can only create great opportunities and more hopes for itself and the world by utilizing the peaceful international environment to develop itself and in turn preserving the world peace through its development.

China must adhere to the principles of peace, development and cooperation and uphold an independent foreign policy, a path of peaceful development as well as an open-up strategy of mutual benefit and win-win progress in the great course of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

China must develop friendly cooperation with all other countries based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, promote the international political and economic order to develop in a fair and reasonable direction, work with the people from around the world to build a harmonious world of long-term peace and joint prosperity and strive to make new and greater contributions to mankind.

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