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Chinese modernization to benefit humanity

By Khalid Taimur Akram | China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-02 07:29
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China has displayed remarkable resilience and unity, making unparalleled achievements in areas such as reform, opening-up and socialist modernization, as China-led initiatives prioritize cooperation and form the basis for China's modernization and progress in different fields.

The pursuit of comprehensive development is the primary objective of China's leadership with the aim of building a modern socialist country. Apart from improving work and people's daily lives, China's innovative breakthroughs in science and technology offer developing countries ways to boost their economic growth.

The Chinese path to modernization, characterized by its focus on economic growth and efficient policy implementation, has yielded immensely impressive results, with China's governance system and development model serving as a testament to the remarkable potential the country will have after realizing its development and modernization goals.

The pursuit of high-standard opening-up remains a key facet of China's modernization as it embarks on the path to a brighter future. Events like the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the China International Import Expo are emblematic of China's deepening alignment of interests with the global community. In fact, China is investing more and more resources in global development and cooperation, while making efforts to ensure global financial and monetary systems fulfill their fundamental role of serving the real economy and promoting modernization.

The Chinese path to modernization is rooted in the principle of common prosperity. This commitment to ensure that every person benefits from the country's development has led to the creation of a more equitable and inclusive society. Common prosperity is a core requirement of socialism and a distinctive feature of China's modernization, providing insights into the historical patterns governing the country's unique modernization journey.

China's rich cultural heritage plays a pivotal role in shaping its society. China's approach to modernization emphasizes the importance of preserving its rich cultural heritage while pursuing economic growth and fostering a prosperous future for the Chinese people. Recognizing the significance of environmental protection and a sustainable economy, the Chinese government has implemented policies aimed at achieving sustainable development, reducing pollution, safeguarding natural resources, and better protecting the environment.

Under the Communist Party of China's leadership, China has not only become the world's second-largest economy, a manufacturing powerhouse and leader in global trade and holder of the highest foreign exchange reserves in just four decades, but also charted its unique course toward modernization. On this remarkable journey, it has also established extensive education, social security and healthcare systems.

The Chinese leadership has fostered national unity and social harmony, and the Chinese approach to modernization places great emphasis on socialism with Chinese characteristics for the country's journey toward modernization. This approach involves developing the economy while upholding socialist values and maintaining social stability and harmony, and its priorities include improving people's livelihoods, providing equal opportunities to the people, and ensuring economic growth benefits all.

The path to Chinese modernization recognizes that spiritual enrichment is essential for the overall well-being of the people, and the ultimate goal of Chinese modernization is the well-rounded development of the people, including their material, cultural, ethical and spiritual enrichment. However, the CPC's dedication extends beyond seeking happiness for the Chinese people and realizing national rejuvenation; it encompasses the pursuit of humanity's progress and global harmony. The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Global Development Initiative, and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation can be seen as extensions of the concept of common prosperity.

China's contribution to global modernization is exemplified by initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative, which are global public goods that reduce physical distances and foster shared interests and prosperity.

China's approach to modernization is not limited to its borders; instead it extends beyond its borders, offering hope for a shared and better future for humanity as a whole. China's approach is one of all-inclusive development. In fact, China has established a distinct and effective development model, which other countries can learn from to achieve development, maintain peace and pursue prosperity on its terms. China's approach prioritizes all-inclusive development.

Therefore, the West should refrain from interfering in China's modernization drive and stop disrupting its progress toward modernization. It is imperative that the Western world recognizes and respects China's unique path to modernization, refrains from taking actions that could hinder its progress or engaging in anti-China propaganda.

In short, China's journey toward modernization underscores the possibilities that lie ahead for countries willing to chart their own course of development and modernization. As a nation that continues to evolve and thrive, China exhibits the potential for a brighter future, both at home and on the global stage, through its unique approach to modernization.

The author is executive director of the Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future, Islamabad. The views don't necessarily reflect those of China Daily.

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