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A Great Pioneering Undertaking in Realizing Cooperation and Win-Win Outcome

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Author:Shi Yunxia | Source:People's Daily (January 29, 2018)


As Comrade Xi Jinping pointed out in the report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China ("Party" or "the CPC"), "China adheres to the fundamental national policy of opening up and pursues development with its doors open wide. China will actively promote international cooperation through the Belt and Road Initiative. In doing so, we hope to achieve policy, infrastructure, trade, financial, and people-to-people connectivity and thus build a new platform for international cooperation to create new drivers of shared development." The Belt and Road Initiative is a great pioneering undertaking and has significant bearings on all countries across the globe to build the community with a shared future for mankind together.  

In today's world, all countries see their economic development interwoven inextricably. It is extremely challenging for a country to rise to the global economic problem alone. Since the introduction of the reform and opening up policy, the Chinese economy has developed rapidly, and injected compelling impetus and vitality into the world economy. To address the problems and challenges confronting the economic globalization requires the Chinese wisdom and approaches. While the global landscape is the midst of critical evolution and overhaul, China calls for and advocates the Belt and Road Initiative. Rooted in the Silk Road spirits of peaceful cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual teaching and learning, and mutual benefits and win-win outcome, the Belt and Road Initiative is well positioned to come up with new approaches to international collaboration, which showcases the global vision and open mind China holds towards mankind.  

In the era of economic globalization, the world turns out to be a closely tied village. Any country that attempts to get isolated from the rest of the world and seek for economic development all by itself will prove to be a failure. By the same token, it is even more difficult for one to attain the overwhelming dominance or the winner-takes-all status across the world. Pursuing shared interest, cooperation and win-win outcome is the only righteous approach to development. The point of the Belt and Road Initiative is neither starting all over again nor making someone else awkward. Instead, it serves as a useful supplement and improvement to the existing international mechanism. Its goal is set to realize cooperation, mutual benefits, and joint development. By promoting the Belt and Road Initiative, China doesn't mean to become the solo player, and instead it welcomes the participation of all related parties; China doesn't mean to expand its sphere of influence, and instead it calls for the joint development of all countries; China doesn't mean to build a back garden exclusive to itself, and instead it hopes to construct a resort accessible to anyone. It can be said that the Belt and Road Initiative has gone far beyond the outdated idea that "winner takes all," and is designed to offer the international community the new development philosophy and cooperation mechanism in favor of mutual benefits, partnership and win-win outcome.  

The practice around the Belt and Road Initiative indicates that the great pioneering undertaking is an innovation that goes beyond the conventional approach to the integrated development of regional economy. It is dedicated to promoting the infrastructure connectivity, stepping up the coordination and integration of economic policies and development strategies, and boosting the coordinated and joint development as well as common prosperity. Built on the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, the initiative aims to open up new opportunities of development, explore for new drivers of development, and expand new space of development, and help different countries to remove bottlenecks that hold back their development pace, narrow down development disparity, and share what is achieved through development. The Belt and Road Initiative involves multiple regions, different ends of the spectrum of development, and varying civilizations. Rather than try to target, restrict or exclude anyone, it has become a global public product forged by all related parties together. Under the initiative, all participating countries contribute and benefit equally. Going through ups and downs together and sharing a closely tied future, they rise to the problems and challenges confronting the economic globalization hand in hand.  

The Belt and Road Initiative does good to forging a new form of international relations that features mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and establishing a type of bonds with communication, not confrontation and partnership, not alliance. As Comrade Xi Jinping emphasized, China is willing to strengthen friendship and cooperation with all countries that join the Belt and Road Initiative on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. While sharing its experience in development with other countries of the world, China won't try to interfere in the internal affairs of others, sell its social system or development mode, or impose anything on anyone against their will. He also noted that "to advance the Belt and Road Initiative, we will institute new patterns towards win-win cooperation instead of following those prevailing in the geographical relationship-based game. We will build a community where every member coexists in harmony instead of forming factions that wreck stability." All of these important assertions stand as solemn promises made by China and underpin the international cooperation around the Belt and Road Initiative. In this sense, it surmounts the outdated patterns that used to dominate the international community like political and military alliances.  

The Belt and Road Initiative is committed to replacing estrangement with exchange, clashes with mutual learning, and superiority with coexistence, so that all countries can understand, respect and trust with each other. Culturally, diversity brings forth exchange, exchange gives birth to convergence, and convergence leads to progress. Differences in civilizations should not become the root cause of world conflicts. With the cultural diversity fully respected, these differences are in a good position to boost exchange and mutual learning, which is the right path the human society should take towards development and progress. The Belt and Road Initiative shows high regard for cultural diversity, and is dedicated to making the world more open-minded and inclusive by offering Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to forging a new pattern of international cooperation and solving the problems facing mankind.  

(Author's affiliation: Wuhan University)

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