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Xi Jinping Attends and Addresses the CPC and World Political Parties Summit

On July 6, 2021, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President Xi Jinping attended the CPC and World Political Parties Summit, and delivered a keynote speech "Strengthening Cooperation Among Political Parties to Jointly Pursue the People's Wellbeing" via video link in Beijing. Xi emphasized, political parties, as an important force behind human progress, need to set the right course forward and shoulder their historic responsibility to ensure the people's wellbeing and pursue human progress. The CPC stands ready to work with world political parties to be builders of world peace, advocates for global development, and guardians of the international order.

The Summit is themed with "working for the people's wellbeing and the responsibility of political parties". The main venue is set at the Great Hall of the People. In the Hall, the flag of the CPC is side-by-side with the flags of other political parties attending the Summit, displaying a splendid array of party flags. Five large display screens were also placed on the site, vividly displaying a scene that leaders of world political parties gather together to pool wisdom for a better future via video link.

Xi Jinping first delivered a keynote speech. He said, over a century, the CPC has united and led the Chinese people in working ceaselessly towards the tremendous transformation of the Chinese nation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong. The CPC has persisted in closely associating the future of the Chinese people with that of other peoples of the world and steered the course of China's development amid the general trend of the world and the currents of the times to promote common development and prosperity of all countries.

Xi emphasized, today, human society has once again found itself at a historic crossroads. The choice is in our hands and the responsibility falls on our shoulders. In the face of common challenges, the only way out is to work together in harmony with one accord. Political parties, as an important force behind human progress, need to set the right course and shoulder historic responsibility.

First, we need to shoulder the responsibility to steer the course by seizing and shaping the shared future for mankind. Great times call for grand architecture, and grand architecture calls for great vision. We need to heed the voices of the people, follow the trend of the times and strengthen coordination and cooperation. By doing so, the interests of the people of one country will be kept in line with those of all others and humanity will move forward towards a shared future.

Second, we need to shoulder the responsibility to build consensus by upholding and promoting the common values of humanity for peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom. With a strong sense of responsibility for the future of all mankind, we need to foster broad-minded tolerance toward the understanding of values by different civilizations, and respect the explorations of different peoples to turn values into reality. By doing so, the common values of humanity will be translated into the practice of individual countries to serve the interests of their own people in a concrete and realistic way.

Third, we need to shoulder the responsibility to promote development by bringing greater benefits to all peoples in a fairer manner. On the road to the wellbeing of all mankind, no country or nation should be left behind. All countries and nations are equally entitled to development opportunities and rights to development. Any political manipulation for the purpose of sabotaging the development of other countries and undercutting the livelihood of other peoples will receive little support and prove to be futile.

Fourth, we need to shoulder the responsibility to enhance cooperation by working together to address global risks and challenges. We need to continue with a science-based response approach, advocate solidarity and cooperation, oppose the practice of politicizing the pandemic and work together to build a global community of health for all; we need to pursue security and stability through cooperation so as to tighten the security fences together; we need to respect Mother Nature, follow the laws of Nature and protect her so as to build a green homeland together; we need to be brave enough to take responsibilities and work as one to find a way of harmonious co-existence between man and Nature.

Fifth, we need to shoulder the responsibility to improve governance by enhancing our capacity to ensure the people's wellbeing. There are different pathways toward wellbeing. People of all countries are entitled to choose their own development paths and institutional models. This, in itself, is what wellbeing entails. The judgment on whether a country is democratic or not should be made by their people, not by the handful of others. We need to strengthen exchanges and mutual-learning, and advance political democracy in a way that suits the national conditions of a country.

Xi Jinping pointed out, it is the unswerving goal of the CPC to run our own house well, ensure a happy life for the 1.4 billion plus Chinese people, and advance the lofty cause of promoting peace and development of all mankind. The CPC will continue to uphold the people-centered development philosophy, reflect upon the overarching issues of national rejuvenation and human progress in the greater context of time and space and work together with political parties of all countries to create an even better tomorrow.

- The CPC will unite and lead the Chinese people in pressing ahead with the Chinese-style modernization to make new contributions to humanity's search for ways to modernize. Proceeding from reality in all it does, the CPC has led the Chinese people in finding, through trial and error, the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We will unswervingly follow the path leading to a bright future to ensure that development is pursued for both our own good and the benefit of the world.

- The CPC will unite and lead the Chinese people in taking comprehensive steps to deepen reform and opening up to make new contributions to shared development and prosperity of all countries of the world. The CPC is ready to enhance communication with world political parties in steering economic globalization towards greater openness, inclusiveness, balance and win-win results. We will further promote high quality Belt and Road cooperation and improve global connectivity, so that more countries and peoples will be able to share the fruits of development.

- The CPC will shoulder its responsibilities as a major political party in a major country to make new contributions to improving the wellbeing of mankind. The eradication of poverty has been a common aspiration of people of all countries and an important objective that all political parties strive to achieve. The CPC is willing to contribute more Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the poverty reduction process worldwide. China will spare no effort to support international cooperation against COVID-19 and contribute even more to tackling the global climate challenge.

- The CPC will actively improve global governance to make new contributions to humanity's joint response to common challenges. International rules should be based on universally-recognized norms rather than rules of the few. We should stand opposed to the practice of unilateralism disguised as multilateralism. China will always be a member of the developing world, and is committed to enhancing their representation and voice in the global governance system.

Xi Jinping emphasized, the CPC stands ready to continue to work with political parties and political organizations of all countries to stand on the right side of history and the progressive side of mankind. Let us make even greater contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and that of a better world!

President of the African National Congress and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of the Nur Otan Party and Kazakhstan's First President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Chairman of the United Russia Party and Deputy Chairman of Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Justicialist Party and Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Chairman of the PDP-Laban Party and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Cambodian People's Party and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, President and First Secretary of Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF Party and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chairman of the Fatah Party and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, President of Serbian Progressive Party and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Chairman of Mozambique Liberation Front Party and President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, President of the SWAPO Party and President of Namibia Hage Geingob, Head of Congolese Party of Labour and President of Congo Brazzaville Denis Sassou-N'guesso, Leader of Sri Lanka People's Front and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chairperson of Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism Party and former Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma, General Secretary of the Justice and Development Party and Moroccan Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Chairman of Sudan People Liberation Movement and President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir, President of the Socialist International George Papandreou, and President of the Communist Party of Spain Jose Luis Centella delivered remarks at the Summit. They expressed congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, spoke highly of the extraordinary achievements of the CPC over the past century, and applauded China's historic progress in all fields and important contributions to the progress cause of mankind under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core since the 18th National Congress. They actively responded to General Secretary Xi Jinping's policy propositions proposed in the keynote speech. They expressed, political parties should shoulder the responsibility to deliver happiness for people, and they will work together with the CPC to build a better world.

Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Wang Huning, and members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Yang Xiaodu, Chen Xi, Huang Kunming, and Cai Qi were present.

Leaders of more than 500 political parties and organizations and 10,000-plus representatives from political parties and all sectors from over 160 countries attended the Summit. The political parties from over 100 countries set around 200 venues for their representatives to attend the Summit. Parallel sessions were also set in Shanghai, Yan'an of Shaanxi Province, Shenzhen of Guangdong Province, Ningde of Fujian Province, and Anji of Zhejiang Province in China, and some local Party members and officials also watched the Summit. The Joint Statement of Proposals of the CPC and World Political Parties Summit was published, expressing the shared aspiration of all political parties for maintaining world peace and development and improving people's lives.

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