By Wang Yu, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan
To understand China today, one must first know more about the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The CPC is the world’s largest political party and part and parcel of its country and people. By the end of 2019, the total membership of the CPC stood at 91.914 million.
The CPC is like a vigorously flourishing tree deeply rooted in the soil of Chinese society. It is the ruling party in China. Its members are pioneers and role models in all walks of life and active participants and contributors in all sectors. Under the CPC leadership, they seek happiness for the people and development for the country. The vast majority of them live and work at the grass-roots level, among ordinary people, and are themselves ordinary people.
Whenever the people encounter difficulties or disasters, the CPC always commands party members to serve at the forefront. In 2020, 39.144 million party members fought on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic. They did their utmost to prevent the people from being infected and save the patients, erecting an iron-clad great wall to stop the virus. China is one of the best performing countries in pandemic response. On another front, China announced on December 3 the completion of the poverty eradication task on schedule. After eight years of sustained hard work by hundreds of thousands of First Secretaries and several million designated poverty reduction officers working in villages, all rural poor people have been lifted out of poverty and all registered poverty-stricken counties have ended poverty. With nearly 100 million poor people lifted out of poverty, China has achieved a major victory that has impressed the whole world and reached, ten years ahead of schedule, the poverty reduction target set in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Chinese people wholeheartedly support the CPC. The leadership position of the CPC has been the choice made by history and the people. Since its founding in 1921, the CPC has led the Chinese people to realize the great leap forward of the Chinese nation from standing up, getting rich to becoming strong. In that course, China no longer suffers chronic poverty or weakness across the board. On the contrary, the country enjoys development and prosperity and its people enjoy happiness and well-being. According to independent polls conducted repeatedly around the world by leading international organizations, China has long been leading the world with over 90% support rate for the CPC and the Chinese government. Under the strong leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people have won a strategic victory in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and their satisfaction with and support for the CPC and the Chinese government has reached an all-time high.
The CPC has been actively engaging and developing relations with political parties in other countries and promoting the healthy and stable development of relations between China and other countries, thus making its due contribution to world peace, economic development and human progress. In the process, the CPC cares nothing about ideological or institutional differences but follows the four cardinal principles of independence, equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. It fully respects the independent status of any other political party and their right to choose the social system and development path for their own countries. It advocates that all parties, big or small, should treat each other as equals and that no party should impose its own views or practices on other parties. All parties should respect the experience of the parties and the people in other countries and respect the domestic and foreign policies the other parties’ choose in the light of their own national conditions and party circumstances. The internal affairs of any party should be handled by the party itself and no foreign political party should be allowed to interfere in its internal affairs. Inter-party relations should not be used to interfere in other countries internal affairs.
The CPC persists in a correct path and leads a great cause, demonstrating the spirit of internationalism to fight for the cause of peace and justice for all mankind. It has always shared weal and woe with people pursuing progress all over the world. At present, the CPC has established various forms of contacts, exchanges and cooperative relations with more than 600 political parties and organizations in more than 160 countries and regions in the world, including Afghanistan. On July 1 last year, on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, more than 100 political parties around the world, including the main political parties in Afghanistan, sent congratulatory messages. They praised the glorious course in the 99 years since the party’s founding and the country’s tremendous achievements in development. They believe that under the CPC leadership, China will surely move towards a more glorious future and make new and greater contributions to the progress of human society. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. For a party fighting for the eternal well-being of the Chinese nation, the centenary only ushers in the prime of life. While the COVID-19 pandemic, unseen in a century, facilitates accelerated major changes, the CPC will continue providing new directions, plans and choices with regard to maintaining world peace, promoting common development and improving global governance.
As CPC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping put it, the CPC must honor its status as the biggest political party in the world with commensurate great deeds. The CPC does everything for the happiness of the Chinese people, the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the peace and development of all mankind. It always contributes to world peace and tranquility. No matter how developed China will be under the CPC leadership, it will never seek hegemony or engage in expansionism. The CPC contributes to the common development of the world. It is ready to serve not only the Chinese people but also people of other countries. The CPC contributes to the exchanges and mutual learning between world civilizations. It has always treated the creations by other people with an open mind, been ready to carry out dialogue, exchanges and cooperation with the people and political parties of all countries, and supported people-to-people exchanges and friendship.
China and Afghanistan are friendly and close neighbors. Over the years, our two countries have stood by each other and never invaded each other. China and Afghanistan have carried forward the fine tradition of building friendship and partnership with neighbors and promoting bilateral relations. The CPC, the Chinese government and people stand ready to strengthen exchanges with Afghan political parties, promote continued development of relations, enhance friendship and cooperation and work for an early realization of peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan towards a community of shared future for mankind jointly developed with China.