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China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion

(People's Daily Online)

08:07, November 15, 2012

As the world’s second largest economy and a top player on the international stage, will China break the traditional pattern that a major power is bound to seek hegemony and avoid the Thucydides Trap? With similar questions in mind, more than 1,700 foreign reporters from 100 countries are gathering in Beijing to cover the ongoing 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and to find out the country’s direction in the next decade.

China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion. The report to the 18th CPC National Congress has again sent a clear message to the world that China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development, and there is no need to worry about China’s rise. Such new or key terms in the report as “mankind as a whole,” increasing the common interests of the human race, a win-win opening strategy, an independent and peaceful foreign policy, “promoting the democratization of international relations,” and “being a responsible major power” reflect China’s great determination to promote world peace and development.

Who will feed China? Will China seek hegemony? Various “China threat” theories have mushroomed after the “sleeping lion” woke up. At the same time, more and more people are talking about China’s contributions and opportunities.

Since the launch of the reform and opening-up policy, China has created an economic miracle in a peaceful manner, and maintained overall stability in the process of social transformation, which contributed greatly to the well-being of Chinese and all other people in the world. Just as British scholar Barry Buzan noted, it has been proved over the past 30 years that China’s peaceful rise is not only achievable, but also opens a new path for the rise of great powers.

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