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Le Yucheng: China Cannot Develop by Simply Taking Advantage of Others

2019/10/22

At a Q&A session following his remarks at the ninth Beijing Xiangshan Forum on 22 October 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said that China's development would not have been possible without the peaceful international environment and the stable international order. It is especially so in the age of globalization as the interests of all countries are so closely entwined. No country can develop or prosper with their doors shut to the world. According to Marxist philosophy, things are decided by internal and external factors. The former plays a primary role, while the latter exerts its influence through the former. Chairman Mao Zedong had a metaphor that fully explained the idea: with the right amount of heat, chickens can be hatched from eggs, but no chickens can ever be hatched from stones no matter how much heat is given. China's development over the past seven decades shows that for a large and populous country like China, national rejuvenation can only be achieved by relying on its own people's hard work. It can never be achieved by living on handouts from other countries, by expecting miracles, or by taking advantage of any other country. Thanks to its development achievement, China has made important contribution to the world. In the past decade alone, China contributed over 30% to world economic growth. To sum up, China cannot develop itself without the world and the world needs China in order to prosper. The world is a better place when China does well.

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