Improving all-round diplomacy and building a community with a shared future for mankind are crucial for the modernisation of China’s national governance system and governance capacity, as the communique of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee, held in October, said.
Since China is the world’s second-largest economy and a responsible power, it has not only been diligently working to boost its economic and social development but also sharing more global responsibilities and making concerted efforts to promote globalisation and protect the multilateral trading system. The world is experiencing unprecedented changes and facing both challenges and opportunities. To meet these challenges and cash in on the opportunities, all countries need to think beyond traditional international relations.
The remarkable global changes have been brought about by decentralisation resulting from innovation in technology – the driving force of globalization – which, in turn, is weakening the United States, rather the West as a whole. The emergence of new technology, such as blockchain, the internet of things and artificial intelligence, has had a huge impact on the core as well as the periphery of the modern world order. More important, the technological and digital revolution has helped some non-Western powers to become leaders in quite a few technology fields, dealing a blow to the US.
China main target of US
As China stands out among the emerging economies with its independent and complete industrial system, it has become a main target of US attacks, particularly in 5G technology in which China leads the international field.
The US, unable to digest the fact that China has stolen a march over it in many high-tech fields, is trying to change the current international order to suit its interests and pushing developing and emerging countries to the periphery.
But globalisation is an irreversible trend and the world is no longer locked in a bipolar contest. Also, China is not only opposed to the US’ designs but also refuses to build a camp against the US.
China wants shared future
No wonder China has been taking measures to make the existing world order more inclusive and representative. In this regard, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and its sincere efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind are ideal for helping build a fair and just world order.
According to the National Development and Reform Commission, 137 economies and 30 international organisations had signed 197 Belt and Road cooperation documents with China by the end of October. And as the world’s second-largest economy and the largest developing country, China has the potential to connect the industrial and value chains of developed countries and developing countries.
The Chinese concept of civilisation of harmony is the idea behind China’s proposal of building a community with a shared future for mankind in which the fair and inclusive use of innovation will ensure all countries enjoy the fruits of development.
Also, unlike the West’s policy of distinguishing between individuals, communities and countries, Chinese culture strengthens the common interests of individuals and nations. And China is willing to share with other countries its economic development model and traditional Chinese concepts of self-improvement.
In addition to providing public goods, such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China is also committed to modernising its national governance system and governance capacity with Chinese characteristics and shouldering more responsibilities to further contribute to world peace, security, prosperity and inclusiveness.
The author is a Jean Monnet chair professor at Renmin University of China. CHINA DAILY