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TEXT: 1st October 2020, the 71st Foundation Day of People’s Republic of China, like national or foundations days of all other nations around globe, is of paramount significant. However, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping adds more value and significance to this already valuable and significant occasion for the Chinese people and its well-wishers throughout the world. Since 2012, President, Xi Jinping has initiated various mega projects, including Belt and Road Initiative for collective prosperity of the wider community of the global village.

Owing to his achievements, his recent address to the united Nations General Assembly is worthwhile. Xi Jinping does not wish to engage in the new cold war, told United Nations General Assembly, “China is the largest developing country in the world, a country that is committed to peaceful, open, cooperative and common development”. He expressed that China did not has any intention of fighting either cold or hot wars with any of the countries of this world. The President, being focused at the peace of the global village largely, vowed for peaceful existence of world countries, sharing businesses.

This statement that came from the Chinese President is immensely important as it is indicative of China’s preferences with regard to world development in general and the President’s intentions in particular. His sublime speech highlights that how the President, Xi Jinping intends to support and favour multilateralism and safeguards international system with the United Nations at its core. He also mentioned that the world would never return to isolation and no one can sever the ties between countries.

Ever since 2012, the hon’ble President, Xi Jinping has taken steps that amicably highlight his visionary zeal of developing the world. From BRI to every single step that he has taken for the strengthening of shared community values and its prosperity, China has played its leading role not only in small regions but larger world avenues. As China claimed its strength during the last year landmark celebrations of its 70th Founding Day, proved it by facing and fighting global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in a spic and span manner.

This COVID-19 affected China firstly and then it attacked entire world, but the world community, later on, learned a lot from Chinese experience as how to handle this fatal virus. The credit for this, however, goers to the Chinese leadership & its determined nation for their resilience, perseverance and citizenship. It is, in actual, China who taught to the world as how to face any pandemic. Thus, China becomes a role model for other nations for which we must crown under President Xi and his dedicated nation driven by his hardworking team. Chinese President, Xi Jinping warned the assembled leaders and their nations of the "clash of civilizations" as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly. President mentioned that the world must "oppose politicization and stigmatization" over COVID-19, urging global leaders to embrace the "concept of a bigger family ... and avoid falling into the trap of a clash of civilizations."

President Xi makes this clear to the world leaders that the China had no desire for "hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence” and further mentioned that "China has no intention to enter a Cold War with any country" he said, insisting China is instead a bulwark of international systems such as the World Trade Organization and a willing partner in the face of diplomatic spats.

“We insist on dialogue to bridge differences and negotiation to resolve disputes,” Xi added.

These most recent statements show that the Chinese President Xi’s mindset that China and its leadership always prefer to work for peaceful coexistence of the world community and strictly implement a non-interference policy: avoiding any indulgence in affairs of other and preferring to aolve every conflict on a table through a talk. Surprisingly, the China’s picture portrayed by the US is quite different from what China in real is and it nonetheless torn face of the US. It explicitly expresses that how the US wants to paint her own choice of colours in the picture which are not real.

While, addressing the UN, President Xi Jinping recalled that Seventy-five years ago where China made historic contributions to winning the World Anti-Fascist War and supported the founding of the United Nations. He said, “the history of development of human society is a history of our struggles against all challenges and difficulties and our victories over them. At present, the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic as it goes through profound changes never seen in a century. Yet, peace and development remain the underlying trend of the times, and people everywhere crave even more strongly for peace, development and win-win cooperation. COVID-19 will not be the last crisis to confront humanity, so we must join hands and be prepared to meet even more global challenges”. President Xi Jinping few years ago while speaking at BRI international summit mentioned, “Over 2,000 years ago, our ancestors, trekking across vast steppes and deserts, opened the transcontinental passage connecting Asia, Europe and Africa, known today as the Silk Road. Our ancestors, navigating rough seas, created sea routes linking the East with the West, namely, the maritime Silk Road. These ancient silk routes opened windows of friendly engagement among nations, adding a splendid chapter to the history of human progress. The thousand-year-old "gilt bronze silkworm" displayed at China's Shaanxi History Museum and the Belitung shipwreck discovered in Indonesia bear witness to this exciting period of history.

President Xi further mentioned that, spanning thousands of miles and years, the ancient silk routes embody the spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. The Silk Road spirit has become a great heritage of human civilization.

-- Peace and cooperation.

-- Openness and inclusiveness.

-- Mutual learning.

-- Mutual benefit.

History is our best teacher. The glory of the ancient silk routes shows that geographical distance is not insurmountable. If we take the first courageous step towards each other, we can embark on a path leading to friendship, shared development, peace, harmony and a better future.

From the historical perspective, humankind has reached an age of great progress, great transformation and profound changes. In this increasingly multi-polar, economically globalized, digitized and culturally diversified world, the trend toward peace and development becomes stronger, and reform and innovation are gaining momentum. Never have we seen such close interdependence among countries as today, such fervent desire of people for a better life, and never have we had so many means to prevail over difficulties.

No doubt since start 2020, the 1.4 billion Chinese, undaunted by the strike of COVID-19, and with the Chinese leadership & people united as one, have made all-out efforts to control the virus and speedily restore life and economy to normalcy. Chinese Nation confidence to achieve our goals within the set time frame, that is, to finish the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, lift out of poverty all rural residents living below the current poverty line, and meet ten years ahead of schedule the poverty eradication target set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China is the largest developing country in the world, a country that is committed to peaceful, open, cooperative and common development. We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot war with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation. We do not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in a zero-sum game. We will not pursue development behind closed doors. Rather, we aim to foster, over time, a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. This will create more space for China's economic development and add impetus to global economic recovery and growth.

Now, world community referred China due to landmark initiatives and steps taken by President Xi Jinping’s China to further engraving its vital role in global stage. Apart from other challenges, China also faced internationally baseless propaganda through out 2020, but during all these times, China continued to work with the same speeding pace and proved to remain dedicated and devoted to overcome these crises in health sector and even economic sectors through all available means which shows that President Xi Jinping’s China is now more young and energetic and will continue to work as a builder of global peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order.

(This writer is senior Media Consultant and could be contacted at [email protected])

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020