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Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng: Where did the CPC Come from? Where is the CPC Heading?

2021/06/13

On June 12, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng invited diplomatic envoys of the countries from North America, Oceania, Latin America, and the Caribbean to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. Over 40 persons attended the activity, including ambassadors and Chargé d'affaires a.i. from 28 countries such as Uruguay, Samoa, the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Costa Rica, Guyana, Bolivia, Fiji, and Tonga, and trade commissioners of Pacific Islands Trade & Invest.

Xie Feng first conveyed the warm greetings from State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and then shared his thoughts on four questions with the diplomats around the theme of the centenary of the founding of the CPC: Where did the CPC come from? How is the CPC's scorecard? What is the secret code of CPC's success? Where is the CPC heading?

While talking about where the CPC came from, Xie Feng pointed out, the history of modern China is the history that the Chinese nation fought relentlessly for national independence, and the history that different social classes and political parties took the stage, culminating in the success of the CPC in saving the nation.

Over the past century, China has realized tremendous transformation. It is made possible through the revolution, development and reform led by the CPC. Without the CPC, there would be no New China, and to understand China, it is essential to have a good knowledge of the CPC. The leadership of the CPC constitutes the most essential attribute of Chinese socialism, and the greatest strength of this system. The CPC's leadership is not self-given. It is the choice of history and of the people. The relationship between the Party and the people is as inseparable as fish and water. To respect China, one needs to respect the CPC's leadership and to respect the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, a choice made by the Chinese people. Attempts to drive a wedge between the CPC and the Chinese people, or between ordinary Party members and its leadership, will never work.

While talking about where the CPC is heading, Xie Feng emphasized, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. This means that for now and some time to come, the CPC will focus its work on the following: First, to address inadequate development. Second, to address unbalanced development. Third, to meet our people's growing needs for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment.

On the external front, the CPC will stay committed to the path of peaceful development. It will never seek hegemony, expansion, or any sphere of influence. We reject coercion by any country. The CPC observes the principle of non-alignment. When developing relations with other countries, we do not target any third party, or engage in value-driven blocs or ideological confrontation. We adhere to and practice true multilateralism. China is firmly committed to safeguarding the UN-centered international system, the international order on the basis of international law, and the WTO-centered international trading system. We do not recognize the "hegemonic rules" set by one or some countries, or the so-called international order established on the basis of such rules. We reject attempts to team up and build exclusive blocs. The CPC upholds peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, the values shared by all. It is committed to building a community with a shared future for mankind. We will work with all countries to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.

Xie Feng said, the CPC is dedicated to the long-term cause of the Chinese nation. It is right in its prime at its centenary. In another one hundred years, when the CPC celebrates its bicentenary, it will have led the Chinese people to make China a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful. Such an experience will offer a worthwhile case study and a success story for the world. And it will be the CPC's historic contribution to human progress.

Diplomatic envoys expressed their congratulations on the centenary of the founding of the CPC and praised the enormous achievements China has scored in the reform and opening-up under the leadership of the CPC. The diplomatic envoys said, the introduction of Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng from a new perspective is concise and impressive with vivid photographs and texts, which deepens their understanding of the original aspiration of the CPC and the development path of China. They will continue to promote the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between their countries and China, and jointly open up a brighter future of peace and prosperity.

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