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Diplomat says there would be no China without the Communist Party of China

Significant achievements made by Communist Party of China over the past 100 years

MANILA – Chinese Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Tan Qingsheng said from a small group of 50 members in 1921, it has become the world’s largest Marxist ruling party with 95 million members.

Speaking at the online Forum on the Role of the Communist Party of China sponsored by the Association for Philippines China Understanding (APCU), Charge Tan said transformation has taken place under the leadership of the Party.

“Under the leadership of the CPC, China has achieved its industrialization in just a few decades that took development Western countries several centuries, hailed as ‘the greatest economic revolution in the history of mankind,’” said Charge Tan at an online forum entitled “Celebrating the Centenary Anniversary of the Communist Party of China.”

In his remarks entitled “Role of the Communist Party of China in the Making of Modern China,” Charge Tan said the country’s leadership has worked hard for the common good of the world and strongly committed to building a community “with a shared future for mankind.”

He added China now stands as the world’s second largest economy and largest trader of goods. He said there are 30,000 kilometers of high-speed train lines which is more than two-thirds of the world’s total.

Charge Tan added the government lifted over 800 million people from poverty which is more than 70 percent of the global total and has made great contribution to the world poverty reduction program.

He claimed China has established what he described as “highly efficient” governance system with their people’s congresses, CPC-led multiparty cooperation and political consultation along with regional ethnic autonomy, and self-governance at the grassroot level.

Unknown to many, China has become the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council s well as the second largest funding contributor to the UN peacekeeping operations.

Speaking of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Charge Tan said the party represents the overall interests of the Chinese people instead of particular interests. He added the CPC is people-centered. Periodic surveys have been made from 2003 and 2016 by Harvard University where 93.1 percent of the respondents registered satisfaction with the government.

China’s effective handling of the COVID-19 enhanced the people’s trust and confidence on the government with a rating of 98 percent, according to a York University of Canada survey last May 2021.

As previously mentioned by Chinese observers from the Philippines, including former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Chinese leaders have long-term plans that kept their program thrusts on track.

Charge Tan said China has consecutively formulated 14 five-year plans from 1953, “which has provided strong improvement, scientific and technology breakthroughs, among others, all came as the outcome.”

He also cited the program thrusts of previous leaders like Chairman Mao Zedong who believed in “encircling cities from the countryside” and “seizing power from the barrel of a gun.” Mr. Deng Xiaoping made the historical policy decision on reform and opening up while President Xi Jinping has “committed to improving the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China’s system and capacity for governance.

“Through these trials and practices, the Party has kept abreast with the times that led China to continuously achieve its goals in different periods,” he added.

He also credited the Communist Party of China for adopting openness and inclusiveness as the Party stayed vibrant and resilient which had put a premium on the spirit of mutual trust, equity and justice, and win-win cooperation.

“The better China develops, the more it would benefit the world, by bring ample strategic and economic opportunities for the world,” he added.

He called on Filipino scholars to have a good knowledge of the Communist Party of China because sans the CPC, the People’s Republic of China would not have been founded nor modern China.

“China stand ready to deepen win-win cooperation with other countries, including the Philippines, to build a community with a shared future for mankind and will continue to further exchanges with the political parties of the Philippines,” he concluded. (Melo M. Acuna)

Charge D'Affaires Ad Interim of the Chinese Embassy in Manila Tan Qingsheng (left) and participants during the online Forum organized by the Association for Philippines-China Understanding. (APCU). (Chinese Embassy supplied photos)

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