On March 15, 2023, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President Xi Jinping attended the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech titled Join Hands on the Path Towards Modernization. He stressed that confronted with a series of questions related to modernization, political parties as an important force steering and driving the modernization process are duty bound to provide answers. As its own future is closely connected with that of other countries and peoples, the CPC will strive to provide new opportunities for world development, add new impetus to humanity’s exploration of paths towards modernization and make new contributions to the theory and practice of humanity’s modernization as it makes new progress in Chinese modernization.
Xi Jinping stressed that the history of human development is full of twists and turns. Similarly, the journey of each country to explore the path to modernization is also arduous. In today’s world, multiple challenges and crises are intertwined. The global economic recovery remains sluggish, the development gap is widening, the ecological environment is deteriorating, and the Cold War mentality is lingering. Humanity’s modernization process has once again reached a crossroads of history. He thus put forward five propositions: put the people first and ensure modernization is people-centered; uphold the principle of independence and explore diversified paths towards modernization; uphold fundamental principles and break new ground and ensure the continuity of the modernization process; help others to succeed while seeking one’s own success and ensure all can enjoy the outcomes of modernization; forge ahead with enterprise and ensure firm leadership over modernization.
Xi Jinping pointed out that achieving modernization is a dream that the Chinese people have strived to fulfill since modern times. The journey of over 100 years that the CPC has traversed to unite and lead the Chinese people in pursuing national rejuvenation is also an exploration of a path towards modernization. Thanks to the unremitting efforts of generation after generation, China has found its own path to modernization. Chinese modernization is rooted in China’s national conditions and also draws on the experience of other countries. It carries the imprint of history and traditional culture and also contains modern elements. It delivers benefit to the Chinese people and also advances common development of the world. It is a sure path for China to build a stronger nation and realize the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It is also a path China must take to seek progress for humanity and harmony for the entire world.
Xi Jinping stressed that the CPC will continue to pursue high-quality development and promote global growth and prosperity. The CPC will accelerate the building of a new development paradigm that promotes high-standard opening up and steady expansion of market access. China’s door will only open wider. As China further modernizes its industrial system, it will provide the world with more and better products made and created in China, and with a Chinese market of a larger scale and stronger demand. China will continue to support and help developing countries in their pursuit of faster development, industrialization and modernization and offer Chinese solutions and strength for narrowing the North-South gap and achieving common development. The CPC stands ready to work with political parties of all other countries to advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, accelerate the solid implementation of the Global Development Initiative, foster new drivers for global development and build a global community of development.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the CPC will continue to safeguard international fairness and justice and promote world peace and stability. In advancing modernization, China will neither tread the old path of colonization and plunder, nor the crooked path taken by some countries to seek hegemony once they grow strong. What China pursues is the right course of peaceful development. China seeks to settle differences through dialogue and resolve disputes through cooperation. China firmly opposes hegemony and power politics in all their forms. China advocates solidarity and win-win mentality in handling complex and intertwined security challenges to set up a fair and just security architecture that is built and shared by all. The world does not need a new Cold War. The practice of stoking division and confrontation in the name of democracy is in itself a violation of the spirit of democracy. It will not receive any support. What it brings is only endless harm. A modernized China will strengthen the force for world peace and international justice. No matter what level of development China achieves, it will never seek hegemony or expansion.
Xi Jinping stressed that the CPC will continue to promote inter-civilization exchanges and mutual learning and advance the progress of human civilizations. Around the world, countries and regions have chosen different paths to modernization, which are rooted in their unique and long civilizations. All civilizations created by human society are splendid. They are where each country’s modernization drive draws its strength and where its unique feature comes from. They, transcending time and space, have jointly made important contribution to humanity’s modernization process. Chinese modernization, as a new form of human advancement, will draw upon the merits of other civilizations and make the garden of world civilizations more vibrant.
Xi Jinping pointed out, as the future of all countries is closely connected, tolerance, coexistence, exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations play an irreplaceable role in advancing humanity’s modernization process and making the garden of world civilizations flourish. To this end, Xi Jinping proposed the Global Civilization Initiative.
We advocate respect for the diversity of civilizations. Countries need to uphold the principles of equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusiveness among civilizations, and let cultural exchanges transcend estrangement, mutual learning transcend clashes, and coexistence transcend feelings of superiority.
We advocate the common values of humanity. Peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom are the common aspirations of all peoples. Countries need to keep an open mind in appreciating the perceptions of values by different civilizations, and refrain from imposing their own values or models on others and from stoking ideological confrontation.
We advocate the importance of inheritance and innovation of civilizations. Countries need to fully harness the relevance of their histories and cultures to the present times, and push for creative transformation and innovative development of their fine traditional cultures.
We advocate robust international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation. Countries need to explore the building of a global network for inter-civilization dialogue and cooperation, enrich the contents of exchanges and expand avenues of cooperation to promote mutual understanding and friendship among people of all countries and jointly advance the progress of human civilizations.
Xi Jinping stressed that the CPC is committed to strengthening exchanges and cooperation with other political parties to pursue the just cause together. The CPC is ready to deepen interactions with political parties and organizations in other countries to expand the convergence of ideas and interests. He called on all to leverage the strength of a new type of party-to-party relations for the building of a new type of international relations and expand global partnerships by fostering stronger partners with world political parties. The CPC stands ready to share governance experience with political parties and organizations of other countries so that together we can make big strides on the path to modernization toward the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Xi Jinping pointed out at last that there are bound to be setbacks on humanity’s journey to modernization, but the future is bright. The CPC is willing to work with all other parties to ensure that different modernization drives form a mighty force driving prosperity and progress of the world and forge ahead nonstop in the long river of history!
President of the African National Congress and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, General Secretary of the Sandinista National Liberation Front and President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega, President of the United Socialist Party and President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, President of the Serbian Progressive Party and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party and Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene, President of the People’s Liberation Party and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Taur Matan Ruak, Leader of the Pangu Party and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape, Leader of the National Democratic Congress and Prime Minister of Grenada Dickon Amiss Thomas Mitchell, Russian Chairman of the Supreme Council of United Russia Party Boris Gryzlov, Chairman of the Amanat Party of Kazakhstan Yerlan Koshanov, Treasurer of Union for the Defense of the Republic of Togo and President of the National Assembly Chantal Yawa Djigbodi Tségan and others addressed the dialogue. They extended warm congratulations on the success of the 20th CPC National Congress, and the re-election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, warmly praised the historic achievements and historic changes over the past 10 years of the new era, actively responded to the policy propositions put forward by General Secretary Xi Jinping in his keynote speech, and expressed their willingness to work with the CPC to play a leading and driving role in the modernization process.
Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee Cai Qi was present and made a concluding speech. He pointed out that General Secretary Xi Jinping’s keynote speech systematically expounded the CPC’s understanding of exploring the path to modernization, put forward the Global Civilization Initiative, expressed the sincere desire of the CPC to work with political parties of other countries to advance the modernization cause with their own characteristics, promote exchanges and mutual learning among global civilizations, and advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, showed the political courage and responsibility of the CPC to face up to the common challenges of mankind, and provided Chinese solutions for advancing world modernization process and promoting the progress of human civilization. The CPC is ready to work with other political parties and political organizations in other countries to jointly shoulder political parties’ responsibility of exploring the path to modernization and promoting the progress of civilization, and work hand in hand to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Wang Yi, Yin Li, Li Shulei and Qin Gang, among others, were present at the dialogue.
The CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting, themed “Path Towards Modernization: The Responsibility of Political Parties”, brought together more than 500 leaders of political parties and political organizations from more than 150 countries.