CPC not pursuing a road of tyranny - scholar
Updated: 2005-11-23 09:06
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is a party that seeks peace, harmony and
reconciliation, unlike the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union (or CCCP),
a prominent Chinese scholar said Tuesday.
"It's totally unfounded to assume that as it is called a communist party, the
CPC will undoubtedly pursue the road of tyranny at home and expansion abroad
adopted by the CCCP under Brezhnev," said Zheng Bijian, chairman of the China
Zheng, a major
contributor to China's peaceful rise theory, enunciated the peaceful nature of
the CPC in an article entitled "Trends of the Communist Party of China in the
21st Century" on the front page of Tuesday's overseas edition of the People's
Daily, China's leading newspaper.
chairman of the China Reform Forum, speaks at a meeting this April 24,
2005 file photo. [newsphoto]
Referring to Sino-US relations, which he refers to as the most important and
most complex bilateral relations for both China and the United States, Zheng
said the issue of fundamental importance to facilitating communication and
understanding between the two sides on a long run is "how to view the CPC and
its overall trends in the 21st century."
"I think I shall start with the different approaches of the CPC and its
Soviet peer in 1979," acknowledged Zheng, who also served as former
vice-president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.
That year, the former Soviet Communist Party led by late General Secretary
Brezhnev made a rash decision to intrude into Afghanistan in an endeavor to seek
world hegemony under the slogan of "world revolution", he recalled. The CPC,
nevertheless, on the contrary made a historical wise decision to carry out
reform and open itself to the outside world and to embarked on a road focused on
economic growth and building socialism with Chinese characteristics.
Moreover, the CPC neither had intention to challenge the international order
nor stood for altering or subverting it with violent means, he noted.
"Economic globalization provides China with means to
gain access to international resources for its modernization drive through the
market, rather than through expansion and fighting grab the resources of other
countries," he said.