In this beautiful spring, the “Two Sessions” of China (the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) were successfully held in 2023. This is the first “Two Sessions” since the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully held and China achieved a major decisive victory in epidemic prevention and control. It demonstrates to the international community China’s confidence and heroism in embarking on a new era and new journey, and shows countries around the world how to work together with China to build peace, share development Jointly explore the magnificent prospects of the future. At the meeting, a new leadership of national institutions was elected. On March 10th, Xi Jinping unanimously elected Chinese president. H.E. George Manneh Weah, president of Liberia, extended warm congratulations to President Xi Jinping for the first time, fully demonstrating once again the profound friendship between China and Liberia.
1. China’s economic development has injected strong impetus into the world economic recovery. In the past five years, China has withstood the test of multiple shocks and achieved a development achievement of 5.2% annual growth over the past five years, continuing to become an important engine for driving world economic growth. This year’s “Two Sessions” pointed out that in 2022, China’s GDP increased by 3% year-on-year, the consumer price index increased by 2%, and the total import and export volume of goods increased by 7.7%. The expected target for China’s GDP growth in 2023 is around 5%. The Chinese government will persist in prioritize stability while pursuing progress and strive to promote high-quality development. This year is also the 45th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. After 45 years of unremitting efforts, China has become a major trading partner of more than 140 countries and regions, importing approximately 2.5 trillion dollars of goods and services each year. As the world’s largest trading country and world market, China’s reform will not halt, and its opening up will not stop. China opposes “decoupling and severing supply chains sever” and unilateral sanctions, maintains an open and inclusive world economy, and uses China’s new development to provide new opportunities for the world.
2. Chinese path to modernization creates a new form for the development of human civilization. At the opening ceremony of the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting held on March 15, President Xi put forward the Global Civilization Initiative for the first time. This is the third major global initiative launched by China after the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. It fundamentally answers a series questions of our time such as “What kind of modernization do we need? How can we achieve modernization?”, and has become another important public product that China provides to the world. On the road to modernization, the CPC has always adhered to independence, the supremacy of the people, peaceful development, openness, inclusiveness, and solidarity. It has led the Chinese people in decades to complete the development process of developed countries that has gone through hundreds of years, creating wonders of rapid economic development and long-term social stability that are rare in the world. Chinese path to modernization is a modernization that follows the path of peaceful development. It is deeply rooted in the excellent traditional Chinese culture, reflects the advanced nature of scientific socialism, draws on and absorbs all outstanding achievements of human civilization, represents the development direction of human civilization progress, shows a new picture different from the western modernization model, and is a new form of human civilization. The successful practice of Chinese path to modernization has fully proved that the majority of developing countries have the right and ability to choose their own path and firmly hold their destiny in their own hands.
3. The diplomacy of a major country with Chinese characteristics has brought a new atmosphere of peace to the international community. The world today is not peaceful. Cold War thinking, hegemonism, and power politics are rampant, and voices inciting containment, repression, and confrontation continue to be heard. What is the matter with the world? What should we do? Once again, humanity stands at the crossroads of history. At the press conference of the two sessions, H.E. Qin Gang, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China emphasized that China will firmly pursue a mutually beneficial and win-win opening-up strategy, and always be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of the international order. China’s commitment to world peace is not only reflected in words, but also in practical actions. Just this month, China made a joint statement on behalf of more than 70 countries at the 52nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, injecting new impetus into the implementation of the Declaration; Mediating and promoting the restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which promote peace process in the Middle East; proposed China’s Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis, which proposing feasible solutions for the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. The heads of state of China and Russia also signed a joint statement emphasizing the solution of the Ukrainian crisis through peace talks. Faced with complex situations and severe challenges, China will always rely on partnership to promote coordination and benign interaction among major countries, develop friendly cooperation with other countries, promote the construction of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind, and strive to build a safer world.
4. China Africa friendship and practical cooperation serve as a model for global development cooperation. The year 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s introduction of the Principles of Sincerity, Real Results, Amity and Good Faith and the Principles of Pursuing the Greater Good and Shared Interests. Under the guidance of this basic concept, China has established close solidarity and friendly relations with developing countries. Earlier this year, the newly appointed Foreign Minister Qin Gang made his first visit to Africa, fully demonstrating the importance China attaches to Africa in its diplomacy. China’s cooperation with Africa has always been at the forefront of international cooperation with Africa. The starting point of China’s cooperation with Africa will always be the fundamental interests of the people of both China and Africa, and China will never take containment of other countries as the starting point of its own policy towards Africa. China has always believed that Africa is a major stage of international cooperation, not a arena for big powers to play games. China-Africa cooperation has never been empty talk. While bringing tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people, it has also created more favorable conditions for international cooperation with Africa. This year is also the 20th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Liberia. Over the past 20 years, the cooperation between the two countries in areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, health, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges has yielded fruitful results, which is truly visible. In the first quarter of this year, China donated Tobeyville Primary School to Liberia’s Maryland County, and handover China-Aid wheelchair basketball court to Liberia National Wheelchair Basketball Federation. Heilongjiang Provincial Hospital and JFK Medical Center conducted a cooperative project in cardiology. As a Liberian proverb says, “A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing.” As long as China and Liberia work in the same direction, practical cooperation projects will land on this ground like raindrops, ultimately allowing the development of friendly relations and economic and social prosperity between the two countries to rush forward like a overflowing river.
The rich signals transmitted by China’s “Two Sessions” and a series of diplomatic activities have made the world feel a firm, confident and pragmatic China. Looking forward to 2023, China will continue to combine the interests of the Chinese people with the common interests of people of other countries, seek common development through friendly cooperation with other countries, achieve mutual benefit and win-win results in exchanges and exchanges with the world, and add more stability and positive energy to world peace and development.