Building a community of destiny for humanity


The closing meeting of the 4th session of the 13th National People’s Congress is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2021. / Xinhua

The closing meeting of the 4th session of the 13th National People’s Congress is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2021. / Xinhua

Editor’s Note: Liao Fan is Deputy Director General and Senior Researcher at the Bureau of International Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It’s the seventh from our series “The Chinese Vision of Democracy”. The article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of CGTN.

Today, the interests, aspirations and destinies of all members of human society are inextricably linked. Faced with common challenges such as climate change, public health crises and terrorism, “no country can single-handedly meet the many challenges facing humanity; no country can afford to fold in on itself ”. Building a community of destiny for humanity is a new solution to global governance offered by China in the new era. It is also the right choice that humanity must make in order to advance towards a better future.

At the heart of the concept of a community with a shared future for humanity is the belief that “the world is one family”. This kind of belief derives from famous elements of traditional Chinese culture. Since ancient times, China has been known for its pursuit of a just cause for the common good, the brotherly spirit of its people and the ideal of building harmony and cohesion in the world. The concept of a community with a shared future for mankind is a product of 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.

From the very beginning of the People’s Republic of China, the founding fathers of the country set the ambition that “China should make a greater contribution to humanity.” In the present age, China still considers it its mission and honor to make new and greater contributions to mankind. Building a community of destiny for humanity is a crystallization of this global vision, this ambition and this open-mindedness.

This concept calls for building a world with lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness, inclusion and a clean and beautiful environment. It is the highest common interest for people in all countries who aspire to a better life. It is also the highest common interest for countries around the world in their quest for development and prosperity.

Promote the democratization of international relations

A community of destiny for humanity is not only a community of shared interests and risks, but also a community of shared responsibilities and values. Peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom are values ​​shared by all humanity. We must vigorously promote democracy as a common value of all mankind and promote the democratization of international relations.

The word “democracy” is derived from the Greek word “demokratia”, which is a compound of “demos” (person) and “kratos” (mastery, control), which means that people are the masters who control. The original intention of democracy is “majority rule”, and at the heart of democracy is the principle that the people are masters of their own country.

“The real meaning of people’s democracy is that people’s affairs are widely consulted for the greatest common denominator that suits the will of all of society.” In the context of the international community, this means implementing the principle of sovereign equality, practicing multilateralism and promoting the democratization of international relations.

The principle of sovereign equality is the most important basic principle in international relations. Sovereign states are equal regardless of their size, strength and wealth, and all have the right to determine their own internal affairs and to choose their own path of development. Democracy is the right of all people, not a patent held by a few countries. Whether a country is democratic or not should be judged by the people of that country, not by outsiders.

Whether a country in the international community is democratic or not should be judged by the international community as a whole, and not by a few righteous countries. Some countries see themselves as “preachers” of democracy and regard their own models of “democracy” as the highest standards. They point fingers, judge and even interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. It is essentially political prejudices and a manifestation of hegemony and the politics of power. This goes against the democratic spirit of the international community.

China has always advocated the democratization of international relations. China pursues an independent foreign policy, adheres to the five principles of peaceful coexistence, upholds fairness and justice, and always stands on the side of the majority of developing countries. China adopts a balanced approach of national interests and the common good, pursues mutual benefits and common development. It has never created so-called “debt traps” in defiance of the capacity of other countries, nor has it unilaterally attached political conditions to economic activities or foreign aid.

China promotes the environmentally friendly concept that “clear waters and green mountains are as valuable as mountains of gold and silver.” China solemnly presents the dual objective of peak carbon emissions and carbon neutrality, demonstrating a highly responsible attitude towards human society. The Chinese government encourages and urges Chinese companies to meet their social responsibilities to protect the environment in their overseas operations. These are clear positions and concrete measures to promote the democratization of international relations.

The main wharf construction project in Fangchenggang, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which has played an increasingly important role in the Belt and Road Initiative , April 11, 2019. / Xinhua

The main wharf construction project in Fangchenggang, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which has played an increasingly important role in the Belt and Road Initiative , April 11, 2019. / Xinhua

Building a community of destiny for humanity through the Belt and Road initiative

The Belt and Road initiative is a major step in the implementation of the concept of building a community with a shared future for humanity. He pledged to promote cooperation among countries to achieve mutually beneficial and shared development. In the eight years since the launch of the initiative, China has signed more than 200 cooperation documents with 140 countries and 32 international organizations to build the “Belt and Road” and established more than 90 mechanisms. bilateral cooperation.

The Belt and Road Initiative not only connects the economies of Asia-Pacific and Europe, but also includes Africa and Latin America. Being the most extensive platform for international cooperation, it was designed to be the largest mechanism for economic cooperation in the world. From 2013 to 2020, China’s merchandise trade with Belt and Road Initiative countries exceeded $ 9.2 trillion, and the share of these countries in China’s foreign trade increased. by 4.1 percentage points.

At the same time, China’s cumulative direct investment in these countries has reached $ 136 billion, while 27,000 new businesses have been set up in China by countries along the roads with actual investment of around $ 60 billion. dollars.

The principle of broad consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits in the development of Belt and Road is a powerful testimony to the spirit of democracy. True democracy must be concrete rather than abstract and consists of preaching the word rather than just speaking.

China adheres to the principle of comprehensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefit, promotes the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and has launched a large number of cooperation projects that can boost economic development and improving the livelihoods of people in countries along trade routes. As a result, the Belt and Road Initiative has become a popular international public good and a platform for international cooperation.

Guided by the principle of broad consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, the Belt and Road Initiative considers infrastructure connectivity as the cornerstone, considers alignment of rules and standards as the key supporting factor, and treats friendship with people in different countries as the important basis.

Notable achievements have been made: the Mombasa-Nairobi railroad in Kenya, the Lower Se-San River II hydroelectric power station in Cambodia, the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge … in addition, the China-Pakistan economic corridor, the China industrial park. -Belorussia, the China-Egypt TEDA Suez economic and trade cooperation zone… all these special economic zones, industrial parks and economic corridors have given a strong impetus to the economic development of developing countries.

“Don’t be afraid of the lack of armor, for mine is also yours.” Over the past eight years, China has built a vast “circle of friends” through the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative. In this process, China, along with other participating countries, explored new ways to promote common development and achieved mutual benefits and win-win results between China and its partners. Progress has been made in promoting peace, prosperity, openness, green technologies, innovation and cultural exchanges between China and countries along trade routes.

By virtue of the principle of broad consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, a global partnership characterized by greater interconnection is made possible through the Belt and Road Initiative. It is an inclusive and forward-looking model of international cooperation and a model of global governance, which will undoubtedly further promote the democratization of international relations and the building of a community of destiny for the humanity.

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