Remarks by Ambassador Cao Zhongming at the Reception Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China
3 July 2021
Distinguished Guests and Diplomats,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very happy to meet with you both online and offline to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Belgium, I would like to extend a warm welcome to friends and colleagues from all across the society from both Belgium and China, and I express heartfelt thanks to all the people who support China’s development and care about China-Belgium friendship over the years.
On July 1, 1921, the Communist Party of China was born, and a new chapter in the Chinese history has since opened. For 100 years, from the founding of the Party, to New China’s transformation, to the drastic change of the reform and opening up, to the historic achievements and changes of the CPC and its undertakings since the 18th National Congress, the CPC has led the Chinese people towards great achievement attracting worldwide attention, and made important contributions to world peace and development.
The century-long history of the Communist Party of China records an arduous journey of laying the cornerstone for a great cause from scratch despite great hardship and many difficulties, yet it is also full of miracles. Since its birth, the Communist Party of China has shouldered the historical mission of saving the nation from perils and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. China in modern history has suffered from national humiliation, its sovereignty being transgressed and its people verging on losing all livelihoods. Various plans to save the country from the predicaments failed. After 28 years of arduous struggle, the Chinese Communist Party led the people towards national independence and liberation. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, it took decades for China to complete the industrialization process that took Western developed countries hundreds of years, and China created the “two miracles” rarely seen elsewhere in the world, namely rapid economic development and long-term social stability. Today China has achieved a large number of iconic achievements in manned spaceflight, lunar exploration projects, quantum communications, supercomputing, deep submarine diving, and large aircraft manufacturing. The remarkable progress is achieved by the CPC leading the Chinese people to work hard and surmount difficulties. As General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out, in today’s world, if you want to say which political party, which country, which nation can be confident, then the Communist Party of China, the People’s Republic of China, and the Chinese nation have the most reason to be confident.
The centenary of the Communist Party of China is a centenary of seeking happiness for the Chinese people. In old China, the majority of the people, especially the peasants who made up the vast majority of the Chinese population, lived a life of hunger and cold. After the founding of New China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China established a people’s democratic dictatorship and a people’s congress system. The Chinese people have truly become the masters of the country, society and their own destiny. In China, there is progress in providing nursing for children, education for students, employment, medical care for the sick, care-taking for the elderly, and housing. All these have increased people’s sense of security and fulfillment. In 2020, China will complete the mission of poverty alleviation in the new era as scheduled, eliminate absolute poverty and overall regional poverty, and create a miracle in the history of human society’s fight against poverty. In the face of the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19, General Secretary Xi Jinping instructed that “In order to protect the safety of people’s lives, we can afford everything”. From babies born only 30 hours to elderly people over 100 years old, every person counts, and people’s lives, values and dignity are well protected. This is the most vivid embodiment of respecting and protecting human rights. These facts fully show that the Communist Party of China has always put the people at the center and sought happiness for the people for the past century.
The century of the Communist Party of China is a century of fighting for the progress of all mankind. From the “five principles of peaceful coexistence” since the founding of the People’s Republic of China to the “building a community with a shared future for mankind”, “building a new type of international relations”, and the “Belt and Road” proposed since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, China has always been committed to “building world peace, promoting global development and international order”. China has established various forms of partnerships with 110 countries and international organizations, among which 60 are comprehensive strategic partnerships. China has become a stabilizer and driving force for global economic growth. China has contributed more than 30% to world economic growth for many consecutive years. China has provided a large number of free aid and concessional loans to developing countries, provided a large amount of technical support, personnel support, and intellectual support. It has built a large number of economic and social development and people’s livelihood improvement projects. It has always been a good friend and partner of developing countries.
In Secretary General Xi Jinping’s speech at the ceremony marking the centenary of the Communist Party of China, he said that through the continued efforts of the whole Party and the entire nation, China has realized the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. This means that we have brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty, and we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects. On the journey ahead, we will remain committed to promoting peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, to an independent foreign policy of peace, and to the path of peaceful development. We will work to build a new type of international relations and a human community with a shared future, promote high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative through joint efforts, and use China’s new achievements in development to provide the world with new opportunities. The Party will continue to work with all peace-loving countries and peoples to promote the shared human values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom. We will continue to champion cooperation over confrontation, to open up rather than closing our doors, and to focus on mutual benefits instead of zero-sum games. We will oppose hegemony and power politics, and strive to keep the wheels of history rolling toward bright horizons. The Party and the Chinese people will keep moving confidently forward in broad strides along the path that we have chosen for ourselves, and we will make sure the destiny of China’s development and progress remains firmly in our own hands. In the meantime, China also respects the right of all countries to choose their own social system and development path, respects the differences among different cultures, and is always ready to reduce misunderstanding and estrangement among different civilizations and turn diversity into the dynamism for development.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
2021 is not only the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, but also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium, so it is a year of special significance. 100 years ago, a group of young Chinese intellectuals came to Belgium for work-study programs, and also to seek the way towards achieving national independence. Some of them inspired by the Marxist thoughts, joined the Chinese Communist Party, and became the backbone of the Chinese revolution. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese nation ushered in a great leap forward from regaining national dignity, to becoming prosperous and strong. After the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belgium in 1971, the scope and depth of cooperation between the two countries have been continuously improved, achieving leapfrog development. These tremendous achievements cannot be attained without the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China. We believe that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the new era will bring more and more opportunities to countries in the world including Belgium. We sincerely hope that more and more friends from all countries will follow, participate in and benefit from China’s development.