Centenary Communist Party of China Promises a Bright Future for China-Maldives Relationship
Yu Xueyong, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy in Maldives
29 July 2021
This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. On July 1, General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the celebration assembly in Beijing. In the speech Xi comprehensively reviewed the glorious history and great achievements of the Communist Party of China over the past 100 years, profoundly elaborated on the valuable experience accumulated in this historic process, especially the great founding spirit of the Communist Party of China, solemnly declared that China has realized the first centenary goal, and clearly put forward nine major requirements that the Party must firmly grasp in the new journey of learning from history and building a better future. The important speech received great attention and overwhelming responses from the international community.
The 180-year history of China since the modern era, the 100-year history of the Communist Party of China since its founding, and the 70-year history of the People’s Republic of China since its founding have all fully proved that without the Communist Party of China, there would be no new China and no great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. To learn from history and build a better future, we must adhere to the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has adhered to the Five-sphere Integrated Plan and the Four-pronged Comprehensive Strategy, overcome a series of risks and challenges, and made new great achievements. In particular, in 2020, China took the lead in controlling the once-in-a-century Covid-19 pandemic and in reviving its economy and development, eradicated extreme poverty, and built a moderately prosperous society in all aspects, thus achieved the first centenary goal. For the first time, China’s GDP exceeded the 100-trillion-yuan threshold to 101.6 trillion yuan, about 17% of the world’s total GDP.
In the 100 years since its founding, the Communist Party of China has profoundly changed the course of Chinese history in modern times, transformed the future of the Chinese people and nation, and altered the landscape of world development.
In terms of foreign relations, the Communist Party of China has strived to promote the building of a community with shared future. The Communist Party of China, inheriting such beautiful ideals and aspirations of the Chinese civilization as “peace is the most precious”, “seeking harmony with all nations” and “the unity of the world”, has unswervingly pursued an independent foreign policy of peace. It has successively put forward and put into practice the five principles of peaceful coexistence, the path of peaceful development, the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness with neighboring countries, the new type of international relations, the Belt & Road Initiative and other peaceful diplomatic policies and ideas, and has developed extensive cooperative relations with political parties, governments and peoples of various countries.
At present, major changes unseen in a century and the once-in-a-century pandemic are intertwined, and the factors of insecurity, instability and uncertainty have increased significantly. But no matter how the international situation develops and changes, no matter how well China is developed, China will always hold high the banner of peace, development, and win-win cooperation, adhere to the path of peaceful development and to the opening-up strategy based on mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. China will promote friendly cooperation with all neighboring countries including Maldives and promote the building of a community with a shared future.
Peace, concord, and harmony are ideas the Chinese nation has pursued and carried forward for more than 5,000 years. The Chinese nation does not carry aggressive or hegemonic traits in its genes. The Communist Party of China cares about the future of humanity, and wishes to move forward in tandem with all progressive forces around the world. China has always worked to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and preserve international order.
The 100-year-old Communist Party of China always gives its people the first priority and keeps the world in mind; China continues to develop and always pursues equality, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. China led by the Communist Party of China represents great opportunities for the China-Maldives relationship. Over the years, the fruits of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries are gradually emerging in economic, social and cultural fields, strongly boosting the development of the two countries, and bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples.
Not long ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone call with Maldives President Ibrahim Solih. Xi pointed out that, since China and Maldives established diplomatic ties, the two countries have treated each other with mutual understanding and support, setting an example of equality and win-win cooperation between countries of different sizes. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, China and Maldives have been sticking together and helping each other. China is willing to continue to provide vaccines and other support for Maldives’ fight against the virus, so as to help the country prevail over the disease. President Solih extended congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, saying that the Communist Party of China, under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, has become an important force in promoting equality, prosperity and cooperation among countries across the world. This is an important phone call between the two heads of state at a monumental moment in China-Maldives relationship, and is of great importance to the future development of relations between the two countries.
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Maldives. China is willing to hold various forms of celebrations with Maldives to deepen the friendship between the peoples of the two countries and push forward bilateral relations. The Chinese side is ready to work with Maldives to continuously push forward the Belt and Road cooperation, so as to bring more benefits to the people of both countries. The two countries should strengthen mutual support on multilateral occasions, uphold international equity and justice as well as the common interests of developing countries, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Looking forward to the journey that lies ahead, we believe China-Maldives relationship will have a bright future. China is willing to work with the Maldivian side and actively implement the important consensus reached by two heads of state during the phone call. We are good neighbors based on equality and mutual trust, good partners engaged in win-win cooperation, good brothers who support each other all the time, and good friends who trust each other with all sincerity. I am confident that, with the joint efforts of our two governments and people, we will write an even more beautiful chapter in our friendly relations and cooperation!