Grand celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was held at the Tian’anmen Square, Beijing on Oct. 1. Over 200,000 people took part in the celebrations and a military parade was held.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary or the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission delivered an important speech and reviewed the armed forces.
Foreign experts and scholars believe Xi’s speech signals that China will stick to the path of peaceful development and keep working with the rest of the world to build a community with a shared future for mankind. They said that China’s remarkable achievements are inspiring other developing countries in the world.
Yury Tavrovskiy, professor from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, remarked that the leadership of the CPC is a foundation for such achievements. Thanks to the leadership of the CPC, China is able to explore a development path from a long-term perspective and out of long-term interests. The Russian professor believes that China will make greater accomplishments in the future.
China has gone through drastic changes over the past 70 years, becoming a highly opening country that advances with the time, said Peter Tschentscher, mayor of Hamburg, Germany, adding that Hamburg is willing to join the Belt and Road Initiative.
Kenyan economist Mwangi Wachira noted that China’s achievements made during the last 7 decades under the CPC leadership are obvious to all. Many African countries hope to learn from China’s development experiences, he said.
President Xi’s speech stressed that China will keep working with global people to build a community with a shared future for mankind, which is also a common aspiration of the world, the economist said.
Bernard Brizay, French historian and author, told People’s Daily that the grand military parade demonstrated China’s military strength and the spirit of the Chinese military, adding that China’s active participation in international affairs has made contribution to safeguarding world peace and regional stability.
“China has taken active part in and successfully completed UN peacekeeping operations and international rescues, showing the country’s sense of responsibility as a major country,” he said.
Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said that China is an important force safeguarding world peace. According to him, there are currently 421 Chinese peacekeepers in the MINUSMA for guard, engineering and medical duties. “The UN peacekeeping troops take pride in having Chinese strength,” the Lieutenant General added.
Chairman Robert Lawrence Kuhn of the Kuhn Foundation said that China has made huge achievements via its own path, and these achievements have benefited the world. What China tells the world is that it aims to improve the livelihood of its people, and is willing to share the development results with the world.
Ryuji Ishida, research fellow with International Peace Research Institute, Meiji Gakuin University of Japan noted that China’s valuable experiences have offered references for developing countries, and are of vital significance for the solution to global issues.
China’s peaceful development and win-win cooperation conform to the trend of the time, said Hasan Javed, director of the Chinese Studies Center, Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology. The Belt and Road Initiative has received broad support in the international society, because China has taken full consideration of the economic development and people’s livelihood of other countries in its exchanges and cooperation, Javed remarked.
Citing Xi’s remarks that China will do well only when the world does well and vice versa, the Pakistani scholar hailed China’s remarkable achievements in the past 70 years. “Glorious history heralds brighter future, and we are confident about China’s future development, as well as the building of a community with a shared future for mankind,” he noted.