Global tensions are increasing. The international situation is fraught with pitfalls, including the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, economic headwinds and growing threats to peace and stability.
The sixth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee in Beijing, which just ended, discussed and adopted political approaches to address these global challenges, build a common destiny for humanity and achieve national rejuvenation.
The fact that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC has given added importance to the Sixth Plenary Session. Much has been written and said about China’s transformation, but there are some things that supporters and critics agree on: Thanks to the leadership of the CCP, China has lifted more than 750 million people out of poverty and has become the second largest economy in the world. and occupied an important place on the world stage.
As for the sixth plenary session, for only the third time in its history, the Party adopted a “historic resolution” －the resolution on the main achievements and historical experience of the Party in the past century － which underlines the great progress achieved by China in economic development and national security.
The rise of China, so often portrayed in foreign media as a threat to the so-called rules-based order, is in fact a faithful reflection of the achievements of the Party and the Chinese people. Contrary to what some Western media and politicians claim, the real threat to world peace and stability lies in these anti-Chinese narratives which seek to influence international opinion and primarily justify Anglo-American-led policies to contain the China. These policies have not only proven to be economically damaging to China, but have also undermined the vitality of the global economy and seriously disrupted the social and economic fabric of the United States, the European Union and other economies. .
China’s historical experience has informed the Party’s adherence to a model of peaceful development and underpins China’s balanced and coherent approach to reciprocal and mutually beneficial engagement with its trading partners and investment. For the developing world, the excessive securing of international trade and investment by advanced economies has limited globalization, limited technological and scientific progress and technology transfer, and put more pressure on the least developed countries where the effects socio-economic effects are felt much earlier and more deeply.
A key objective of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee was to ensure that China continues to adhere to its path of peaceful development in order to ensure that continued reform and openness strengthens global models of development and helps maintain security. At the heart of China’s “dual circulation” development paradigm is the notion that the country’s continued economic dynamism improves global economic activity and therefore acts as a stabilizing factor for global security.
However, many in the West have tried to demonize China, in order to balance their own internal disagreement with accounts of external threats. The resulting politicization and securitization of trade and investment has resulted in inflated military spending, slanderous accusations of human rights abuses, and damaging economic sanctions.
Foreign media coverage of the Sixth Plenary Session is one example. Emphasis was placed on the misrepresentations of the democratic process and the Chinese political system, which differ from the representative-presidential model of the United States.
The Anglo-American media described China’s recent reforms in the high-tech, education and power generation sectors as crackdowns and a consolidation of government control. In fact, most Western media ignore these constructive efforts by China to maintain balanced and competitive markets, ease the burden on students and their families, and accelerate the transition to renewable energy. They also ignore the growing inequality of wealth, inflationary pressures and collapsing infrastructure in their home countries.
The anti-China rhetoric applies to almost all of China’s development initiatives, including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which not only connects more than 140 countries, many of which are landlocked, but also has helped stimulate economic development in much of the developing world. The BRI has enabled developing countries to access the booming Chinese market while expanding interregional trade and investment. The mutually beneficial China-ASEAN partnership is an important example of China’s win-win philosophy at work.
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have become each other’s biggest trading partners, and through economic development and capacity building of 10 ASEAN members, China, the Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. agreement, which will come into force on January 1, 2022.
Likewise, the Belt and Road Initiative has enabled the economies of Central Asian countries, Pakistan, Iran and Russia to achieve development, long denied by geography, foreign intervention. and economic sanctions. Despite the continued efforts of some Western powers to force these countries to submit, trade and investment flourished, generating significant benefits for the western and southwestern regions of China. As such, the “dual traffic” development paradigm and the “Belt and Road” initiative have become important drivers of regional economic development and political stability.
China’s pursuit of national rejuvenation makes the developing world believe that centuries of colonial exploitation and discriminatory policies of neoliberalism are drawing to a close. China’s emphasis and leadership on sustainability and renewable energy are further signs that developing countries can achieve economic progress through the alignment of multilateral policies and the exercise of good governance.
China’s digital transformation also offers an alternative to the monopolization by developed economies of technology transfer and industrial modernization that has hampered the development of many developing countries. Low-cost and efficient logistics, improved surveillance and tracking of cross-border trade, access to better telecommunications and satellite navigation, construction of ports and industrial parks, and the availability of direct payments that reduce reliance on the US dollar as an international currency are just as many beneficial developments for the developing world.
The sixth plenary session confirmed China’s historically correct course. He also confirmed that China will continue to focus on improving the material well-being of its people and share these benefits with the developing world. And he stressed that the path to economic development is through multilateral trade and investment approaches and consensual dispute settlement mechanisms, while reaffirming China’s cooperation with other countries to address global challenges such as as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and conflict resolution. .
Significantly, the Sixth Plenary Session confirmed China’s steadfastness and determination to help improve global governance and its adherence to the path of sustainable and equitable economic development, in order to build a community of destiny for the humanity.
The author is an Australian scholar and policy analyst at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and a visiting scholar in international relations at Sichuan Normal University.
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