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The Centennial Party and China's Great Changes
                                   By Chinese Ambassador to Liberia H.E. REN Yisheng

                (June 11, 2021)


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China(CPC). In 1921, the CPC was born under the background of the Chinese nation's internal and external troubles, unprecedented social crisis, and the Chinese people living in dire straits. This is an epoch making event that breaks ground in China. Over the past 100 years, the CPC has continuously won major victories in revolution, construction, and reform, and led the Chinese people to achieve an unprecedented great leap from continuous decline to a fundamental change in fate and continuous progress towards prosperity and strength.

For more than 70 years as a ruling party, the CPC has created the "two miracles" that Chinese people are proud of, namely, the miracle of rapid economic development and the miracle of long-term social stability that are rare in the world. On the one hand, China has only spent decades in completing the industrialization process that Western developed countries have traversed for hundreds of years, especially in the short period of more than 40 years after the reform and opening up, China has got rid of poverty and become the world's second largest economy. In the past 40 years, the average annual contribution rate of China's economic growth to world economic growth has reached about 18%. Last year, China's GDP exceeded one hundred billion yuan, accounting for more than 16% of the world's total, and its contribution to global economic growth was as high as 35%. China is the world's largest manufacturing country, the largest trader in goods, the largest foreign exchange reserve country, and the second largest foreign direct investment destination and source country. It has become the number one engine of world economic growth.

On the other hand, unlike some countries in the world that frequently experience political turmoil, regime changes, economic fluctuations, social divisions, the spread of violence, continuous shootings, and the spread of epidemics, the overall situation of China's society has maintained long-term stability and has become one of the most secure countries in the world. From a global perspective, it is not uncommon for a country and society to develop rapidly and maintain social stability during a certain period of time, but it is rare for a country like China to develop rapidly and maintain social stability over a long period of time.

The creation of the "two miracles" stems from the strong leadership of the CPC. The CPC now has more than 91 million members and is the largest political party in the world today. 2021 is the first year that China will implement the "14th Five-Year Plan" and start a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. Standing at a new historical juncture and on a new level of economic aggregate, China's economy will continue to be stable and far-reaching. Under the leadership of the CPC, the people of all ethnic groups in China are making unremitting efforts to achieve new and higher goals.

The CPC has been full of vitality for a century since its establishment, the main reasons of which is in the following: persist in not forgetting the original intention and keep in mind its mission; uphold the people's supremacy and win the support of the people; insist on seeking truth and being pragmatic, never stop opening up and reforming; unite the party and the people by innovating thoughts and theories; attach great importance to the party's organization building, absorb and train party members and cadres; promote self-revolution, adhere to strict governance of the party, and maintain integrity; persist in taking into account both domestic and foreign interests, with both an independent consciousness and a global perspective.

The rapid rise of China has not only benefited the Chinese people and greatly changed China, but also made important contributions to the development and progress of human society. China's achievement of eliminating absolute poverty in 2020 means that the world's most populous country has achieved the poverty reduction goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule. The United Nations Secretary-General Guterres spoke highly of it, saying that China has made the greatest contribution to global poverty reduction in the past 10 years.The success of China's development has boosted the confidence of developing countries in achieving prosperity, and expanded the path for developing countries to realize modernization. It provides experience and reference for those countries and nations in the world that both want to accelerate their development and maintain their own independence to take a path that suits their own national conditions.

At the same time, China yearns for world unity and promotes the building of a more peaceful and beautiful world. General Secretary Xi Jinping put forward a series of important propositions, advocating the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", advocating the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind, calling for changes in the global governance system, and building a fair and just new international order, etc. These important ideas fully demonstrate the historical responsibility of the CPC as the world's largest party and China as a responsible major country. A research report released by the World Bank shows that the full implementation of the "Belt and Road" initiative can lift 32 million people out of moderate poverty, increase global trade by 6.2%, increase trade by economies along the route by 9.7%, and increase global income by 2.9%.

China-Africa relations have a long history, and the friendship between the two sides will last forever. The Chinese people will never forget that it was the African brothers who carried China into the United Nations, and we have always and selflessly supported and helped the development of African countries. A rapidly rising China will bring important development opportunities to Africa. China will continue to uphold the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and the principle of pursuing the greater good and shared interests under the framework of the "Belt and Road" initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, support Liberia and other African countries to strengthen capacity building, give priority to solving the "three major development bottlenecks" of lagging infrastructure, shortage of talents, and shortage of funds, accelerate the process of industrialization and agricultural modernization, achieve win-win cooperation and common development, and make greater contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind without poverty but common development.

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