China’s bright future Illustration: Chen Xia / GT
With the extension and resurgence of the century’s COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult recovery of the global economy and the upheavals of the international situation, humanity has entered the year 2022. Faced with so much uncertainty, people are hoping that in 2022 the pandemic will end as soon as possible and life can resume its course, instead of a “Twenty Twenty-Too.”
In the new year, China has received more attention and expectations. “The recovery of the world economy depends on China,” read a Times report on Thursday. “Given that it is widely regarded as the engine of the global economy, it is fair to say that no growth story will be followed more closely around the world over the next year than that of China. . ” As the main contributor to global economic growth, China’s economic growth will largely affect the global positive trend.
Looking back to 2021, China has acted as a force supporting global economic growth, instilled confidence in the global fight against COVID-19, and left brilliant footprints across the vast universe. More than 1.4 billion Chinese have worked hard with united will, coming together in a torrent of good humor from China in the new era and writing a new chapter in building a common destiny for humanity.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his 2022 New Year’s speech: “Over time, we have seen and experienced a resilient and vibrant China.”
“The world is looking to China and China is ready,” Xi said. In just over a month, the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will open. In the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world must “work together for a shared future” and build consensus to join hands to meet the challenge. In 2022, Chengdu and Hangzhou will also host the 2021 World University Summer Games and the 2022 Asian Games. The new Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together” and the important concept of building a community of destiny for mankind have intertwined on Chinese soil, becoming a ray of hope that illuminates the way forward for the world.
Whether it is enthusiastically hosting international sporting events or actively responding to climate change, helping in the prevention and control of a global pandemic or promoting a new kind of economic globalization, the construction of high quality of the Belt and Road initiative or the construction of a platform for multilateral dialogue and cooperation – The Chinese still believe that a country’s international status is measured by its openness, his breadth of vision and his sense of responsibility rather than his size, strength or power. Internally, we adhere to the people-centered principle. Externally, we promote the construction of a community of destiny for humanity. This is the correct logic of China’s development.
In terms of the global fight against COVID-19, China has always practiced the idea of ”putting people and life first” and adhered to the dynamic zero case policy. Therefore, China has not only done everything possible to protect its more than 1.4 billion citizens, but also helped save many lives around the world through concrete actions. China has provided more than 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 120 countries and international organizations as of December 26.
Regarding the global cause of poverty reduction, China has completed building a moderately prosperous society in 2021, and the country’s citizens, representing nearly 20% of the world’s population, are embarking on a new journey to build a modern socialist country in a comprehensive way. In recent years, the number of people living in poverty has increased all over the world and the global cause of poverty alleviation has encountered bottlenecks. In this context, China’s glorious achievements in poverty reduction have made significant contributions to the reduction of poverty in the world and instilled firm confidence and strength into it.
In building ecological civilization, China’s forest resources have increased by more than 70 million hectares in the past decade, ranking first in the world. China has built the world’s largest clean energy system, with installed capacity and photovoltaic and wind power generation all ranking number one in the world. The production, sales and ownership of new energy vehicles in China represent more than half of the global total, making an exceptional contribution to global sustainable development.
As the most populous country in the world and the largest developing country in the world, China does its own business the right way, which is already a contribution to the world. And China has made promises and taken action to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
The year 2022 is a major year for world politics. The United States will hold midterm elections and general elections will be held in South Korea, France, Australia, the Philippines and Brazil. As important countries on five continents enter election season, there will be more uncertainty around the world under the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) will hold its 20th National Congress.
This political party, which inscribes “to work for the construction of a community of destiny for humanity and to advance the construction of a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity” in its constitution, is not only the backbone of the Chinese people and Chinese nation, but will also continuously provide certainty and positive energy to the world.
In this new year, the world economy is still facing a huge test. Challenges such as repeated outbreaks of COVID-19, supply chain bottlenecks, rising inflation, fragmented recoveries, as well as the ripple effects of tighter monetary policies in states- United, and other developed economies, could increase risks to the global economy. For China, faced with the triple pressure of “contraction in demand, supply shocks and weakening expectations”, stability and progress will be the basic tone of the whole year. “A pine tree stands tall and straight despite heavy snow pressure.” The vicissitudes of history have given the Chinese people the confidence to face the future. All current difficulties and challenges will eventually become footnotes as we go along.
The river rushes in and the road is far away. In the new year, in the new journey of building a modern socialist country comprehensively, China will continue to bring benefits to its people and make contributions to the world. This is because China is “a country with its friendly and respectable people, a country that is developing rapidly with each passing day, and a country that is continually making progress in all of its endeavors.” This is because we are walking on the path of Chinese-style modernization: we will get rid of the Western logic that “a strong country will seek hegemony” and insist on peaceful development.
A China in peace and prosperity is a blessing to the world.