BEIJING – The Chinese path to modernization is a sure path for China to build a stronger nation and realize the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, said Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
Xi, also Chinese president, made the remarks Wednesday when delivering a keynote address at the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting.
Chinese modernization is also a path the country must take to seek progress for humanity and harmony for the entire world, he said.
Xi said China's path toward modernization is on the right course of peaceful development. The CPC will continue to safeguard international fairness and justice and promote world peace and stability
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It is rooted in China's national conditions and also draws on the experience of other countries, and it carries the imprint of history and traditional culture and also contains modern elements, said Xi.
The Chinese path to modernization not only delivers benefit to the Chinese people, but also boosts the common development of the entire world, he added.
Xi said China's path toward modernization is on the right course of peaceful development. The CPC will continue to safeguard international fairness and justice and promote world peace and stability, he noted.
In pursuing Chinese modernization, the country will neither tread the old path of colonization and plunder, nor the crooked path taken by some countries to seek hegemony once they grow strong, Xi said.
Modernization 'not an exclusive patent'
Xi said that modernization is not "an exclusive patent" of a small handful of countries, nor is it a single answer question.
Modernization cannot be realized by a cookie cutter approach or simple "copy and paste," he said.
For any country to achieve modernization, it needs not only follow the general laws governing the process, but more importantly consider its own national conditions and unique features, Xi added.
He said that modernization is the result of hard work with the strong historical initiative.
"Modernization does not fall into our lap automatically," said Xi, adding that the frontrunners should sincerely support other countries in their development.
For any country to achieve modernization, it should pursue common development through solidarity and cooperation and follow the principles of joint contribution, shared benefits and win-win outcomes, Xi said.
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"One will not be seen in a more favorable light after blowing out others' lamps; nor will they go further by blocking others' paths," he said.
Xi said the ultimate goal of modernization is to realize people's free and comprehensive development.
Xi stressed that political parties should focus on people's aspirations for a better life and further progress of civilization
He stressed that political parties should focus on people's aspirations for a better life and further progress of civilization, and strive to achieve material abundance, political integrity, cultural-ethical enrichment, social stability and pleasant living environments so that modernization will better address people's concerns and meet their diversified needs.
In this way, modernization will promote the sustainable development of humanity by increasing the well-being of this generation and protecting the rights and interest of future ones, Xi added.
Global Civilization Initiative
Xi also proposed the Global Civilization Initiative. He stressed that tolerance, coexistence, exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations play an irreplaceable role in advancing humanity's modernization process and making the garden of world civilization flourish, as the future of all countries is closely connected nowadays.
Xi called for respect for the diversity of civilizations and said countries need to uphold the principles of equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusiveness among civilizations, and let cultural exchanges transcend estrangement, mutual learning transcend clashes, and inclusiveness transcend any sense of superiority.
The inheritance and innovation of civilizations should be highly valued, Xi said.
Xi called for advocating the common values of humanity, adding that peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom are the common aspirations of all peoples
He stressed that countries need to fully harness the relevance of their histories and cultures to the present times, and push for the creative transformation and innovative development of their fine traditional cultures.
Xi called for advocating the common values of humanity, adding that peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom are the common aspirations of all peoples.
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He stressed that countries need to keep an open mind in appreciating the perceptions of values by different civilizations, and refrain from imposing their own values or models on others and from stoking ideological confrontation.
Xi also called for jointly advocating robust international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.
He said countries need to explore the building of a global network for inter-civilization dialogue and cooperation, enrich the contents of exchanges and expand avenues of cooperation to promote mutual understanding and friendship among people of all countries, and jointly advance the progress of human civilizations.
The CPC is committed to strengthening exchanges and cooperation with other political parties to pursue the just cause together, said Xi.
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The CPC is ready to deepen interactions with political parties and organizations in other countries to expand the convergence of ideas and interests, he added.
Xi called for leveraging the strength of a new type of party-to-party relations for building a new type of international relations and expanding global partnerships by fostering stronger partners with world political parties.