Foreign experts intervene in the congress and the report of the CPC
Xi Jinping delivered a comprehensive and forward-looking speech at the 20th National Congress. He delivered this speech at a time when the world is facing complex and multi-faceted challenges. The world is struggling to overcome the challenges of COVID-19, climate change, poverty, energy and food insecurity. On the other hand, the economic crisis is setting in at an alarming speed. He threatened the social and economic system of the world. Higher inflation and lower growth are the new normal in the global scenario. The world is struggling to find answers to these questions and is looking for opportunities to reverse the process, but with limited success.
In this context, Xi’s speech is extremely important because China’s policies influence the global system. As a major power, every policy or action by China is relevant to the global economic and political landscape. There is a consensus within the community of experts and policy makers that China’s economic performance has critical impacts on the global economy and politics. Xi is aware of this new reality and delivered his speech keeping in mind the global political, security and economic situations and complications.
Xi began his speech by congratulating the Chinese nation on its wonderful achievements. He said China has accomplished the task of the first century goal by ushering in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, eradicating poverty and helping to build a moderately prosperous country. However, this is not the end of the job, rather it is the start of a new journey to achieve the goals of the second century: a developed, prosperous country and a responsible great power. However, in further efforts, China should keep the philosophy of people-centered development and people-first politics at the core of all future policies and actions. He also proposed new drivers for economic growth and sustainability.
Second, he prescribed “common prosperity” as the key goal of future economic and development policies. He shared his view that “common prosperity” should be achieved without compromising market needs, efficiency and the increased role of the market. It’s a new concept, which is extremely important at the moment. As humanity faces economic and development challenges, an existing economic model is unable to present a solution. Therefore, it is expected that new concepts of common prosperity can help the world, especially ordinary citizens, to find solutions. But the real challenge would be how to regulate markets, which can ensure common prosperity without compromising the efficiency and the driving role of the market. Xi is aware of this dimension and has been working for many years to define the right set of policies and political tools like eco-civilization, new development philosophy, dual circulation model, 14th Five-Year Plan, Vision 2035, etc the documents and policies contain extremely important lessons for understanding and implementing the common prosperity and common market philosophy.
Third, Xi stressed the importance of the environment and shared China’s success story. He insisted on strengthening the role of the environment in economic decision-making and implementation. A new development philosophy and high-quality development led by innovation will be the main instrument to protect the environment and achieve a goal of eco-civilization.
Fourth, Xi talked about the value and importance of integral democracy. Whole Process Democracy is a unique model that relies on continuous two-way interaction and follows the principles of core socialist values. It provides a basis for people-centred development policies and actions. Thanks to the whole democratic process and a people-centered approach, China has been able to establish the largest education, health and social security systems.
Fifth, Xi attached great importance to the proactive and positive role of youth in shaping the country’s future. To this end, China will give the highest priority to education and provide young people with exemplary opportunities to hone their skills. He advised the youngsters to aim high but always keep their feet on the ground. This is extremely important advice because it is necessary to denounce arrogance, remain humble and continue to work for the good of society, country and humanity.
Sixth, he reiterated his and the Party’s commitment to eliminating corruption at all levels. He announced unequivocally that there would be zero tolerance for corruption. More importantly, he categorically mentioned that there would be no mercy for corrupt people.
On the global front, Xi reiterated China’s commitment to the global system and vowed to play a positive and active role. He urged the global community to work to strengthen cooperation by adhering to the principles of justice, equality, respect and integrity. Second, he denounced hegemonic behavior and described it as a major reason for global problems. He categorically underlined the importance of the sovereignty of nations which must be respected by all. He opposed the interference of third countries in the internal affairs of sovereign countries. He assured the world that China will never seek hegemonic power, nor will it interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. At the same time, China will not tolerate any interference in China’s internal affairs by any country. He specifically talked about Taiwan and clarified that Taiwan is China’s internal affair and China has the wisdom and ability to tackle it. Third, Xi called on the world to work together to achieve sustainable development, peace and a community with a shared future. China is already playing a positive and proactive role in global development through its Belt and Road Initiative, Global Development Initiative. China is also on the way to global opening. It will create multiple opportunities for the world and help to move forward in achieving a goal of a community of shared future.
In conclusion, from the above discussion, we can deduce that Xi’s speech carries a message of hope in these desperate times. The message is not only for the Chinese people but for the whole world. He reassured people that through cooperation, selflessness and putting people at the center, we can solve any problem.