CGTN: How is China committed to building a global community with a shared future?

2023-09-27 00:08:37

Peking (ots/PRNewswire) From the Fiji Islands to Lesotho and Rwanda, China’s Juncao technology, which uses grass instead of wood to cultivate edible mushrooms, has helped solve a major challenge – edible mushroom production was previously limited to felling trees reliant.

Juncao is called “the grass of prosperity” by farmers in Lesotho, and China has conducted 270 training courses on the technology over the past 20 years, training over 10,000 people from 106 countries.

In addition to Juncao, hybrid rice, roads, bridges, wells and other projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have made solid progress in participating countries, helping local people live happier and better lives.

The BRI is a “illustrative example” of building a global community with a shared future, a “global public good” and a cooperation platform that China provides to the world, says a white paper entitled “A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions,” which was released on Tuesday.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the vision first proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the vision was supported by the international community.

“It reflects the pursuit of peace, justice and progress by more and more countries and peoples, and their shared pursuit of a better world,” Wang said.

China in action

Since the launch of the BRI 10 years ago, China has pursued “open, green, clean and high-quality” cooperation to promote sustainable development and improve people’s lives.

According to Belt and Road Economics, a World Bank report, the BRI, when fully implemented, will increase intra-BRI trade by 4.1 percent. By 2030, the BRI will generate $1.6 trillion in annual revenue worldwide.

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“The BRI is an initiative for economic cooperation, not geopolitical or military alliances,” the white paper says. “It is an open and inclusive process that neither targets nor excludes any party.”

The initiative, which has been joined by more than three-quarters of the world’s countries and over 30 international organizations by July 2023, is neither a “China club” nor a “private path for one party,” the newly released document says.

As the world’s largest developing country and a member of the Global South, China has made every effort to help other developing countries and support recipient countries in expanding their development capacities, which is promoted through the Global Development Initiative.

In cooperation with international organizations, China has implemented over 130 poverty alleviation, food security and climate change projects in nearly 60 countries, including Ethiopia, Pakistan and Nigeria. According to the white paper, more than 30 million people have benefited.

In his speech on Tuesday, Wang stressed the need to put development issues back at the center of the international agenda so that people in all countries benefit more equitably.

In response to the glaring security deficit, China is trying to find a new path to security with the Global Security Initiative that prioritizes dialogue over confrontation, partnership over alliance and the win-win situation over the zero-sum game.

China also calls for joint efforts to respect the diversity of civilizations through the Global Civilization Initiative. For example, it implemented the “Cultural Silk Road” program and founded the Silk Road’s international alliances for theaters, museums, art festivals, libraries and art museums.

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“One big family in global village”

Ten years later, the building of a global community with a shared future has borne fruit. The Vision has been included in United Nations Assembly resolutions for six consecutive years and integrated into several resolutions and declarations within multilateral mechanisms.

China has built communities with a shared future with numerous countries and regions, the Chinese foreign minister said on Tuesday. Wang added that the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative are supported by more than 100 countries, while the Global Civilization Initiative has been positively received by a number of countries.

However, he warned that as humanity stands at another crossroads of history, a camp confrontation or a zero-sum game has no prospect.

In the face of the global crisis, the white paper says, the world’s more than 190 countries are “all in one big boat” and all people are “one big family in this global village.”

“No country, no matter how strong it may be, can do everything alone. We must work together worldwide,” it says.

The vision of a global community with a shared future, the white paper argues, rises above the exclusive rules of bloc politics, the idea that might makes right, and the “universal values” defined by a handful of Western countries.

“This is in keeping with the trend of the times, reflects the call for global cooperation and contributes to a fairer and more balanced international order.”

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