Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Saturday, February 16th, 2019

China is a Major Country Full of Sunshine


China is a Major Country Full of Sunshine

Recently, China is convening the “two sessions”, ie., the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. This is a major event in the political life of the Chinese people. My Afghan friends expressed their congratulations to me and said that President Xi Jinping’s governance of China for more than five years has received widespread praise from the international community and Premier Li Keqiang’s “Report on the Work of the Government” has made important plans for China’s next development. On this basis, they really hope to understand what good news the “two sessions” will bring to China and Afghanistan. Afghanistan is already in Spring, with the sense of Spring in the air, the sun shining brightly everywhere. There is no better word than “sunny” which can be used to describe current China and China-Afghanistan relations.
First of all, Chinese are sunny.
Like Afghanistan, China is an ancient civilization with a history of 5,000 years. The majority of Chinese people has belonged to farming society. Therefore, They love peace and have never intended to grab lands from other countries. Chinese people also values etiquette, and treat others with honesty, hospitality and positive optimism. “As heaven maintains vigor through movement, a gentleman should constantly strive for self-perfection”, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. These two old sayings vividly reflect the Chinese philosophy. Anyone who visits China, either on streets, subways, high-speed railways, or in hotels, will always feel Chinese people’s deep love for life as well as their spirit of hard-working and kindness. Chinese white-collar workers go to work every morning at 8 o’clock and come back at 10 o’clock in the evening. However, every young person has inexhaustible vigor and dreams of prospering the nation and getting their families rich. They are firmly convinced that the dream can only be realized through hard work and sweat. Polls show that more than 80% of Chinese youth believe their economic situation will be better than their parents. This is unimaginable in the United States, Japan and Europe.
Secondly, the present and future of China is sunny.
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China(CPC), which was held in October 2017, planed China’s development goal from now on till 2050, and established the guiding ideology of XI Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. Comrade Xi Jinping was reelected as General Secretary of CPC Central Committee. Over the past 5 years, China’s GDP has increased from more than 8 trillion USD to 12 trillion USD. The increment in last year was equivalent to the GDP of Australia. The proportion of China’s economy in the world’s economy has increased from 11.4% to around 15%, and its contribution to world economic growth has exceeded 30%, surpassing the total amount of the United States, Japan, and Europe.  Over the past 5 years, a total of 66 million Chinese people found jobs in cities and towns, and 68 million people have been lifted out of poverty, which is equivalent to the entire British population. Social pension insurance covers more than 900 million Chinese people, nearly three times more than the total population of the United States. The high-speed railway operating mileage is 25 thousand kilometers, accounting for two-thirds of the world’s total. The forest area has increased by more than 100 thousand square kilometers, which is equivalent to Iceland’s land area. China has 16 thousand new companies registered every day, and 770 million netizens in total. Nowadays in China, there are more than 4,200 high-speed trains are galloping, more than 80 million express parcels are sent to various places, nearly 80,000 cars are sold out and 220,000 films are being screened everyday.
China’s economic growth rate is expected to be 6.5% this year, and its GDP per capita 5 years later is expected to exceed 12,000 USD. China’s population in urban areas is expected to be increased by 11 million people this year, and its inflation and unemployment rate will be controlled within 3% and 5.5% respectively. China is already the largest export market for 43 countries. In November 2018, China will hold the Shanghai International Import Expo which is the first one among the major powers. In the next 5 years, China will import goods and services worth of 10 trillion USD, absorb foreign investment of 600 billion USD. Chinese investment in foreign countries will reach up to 750 billion USD, and outbound tourists will reach up to 700 million people, all these factors will bring immense benefits to all countries over the world. China has almost achieved the three-year goal of disarming 300 thousand military personnel, and is accelerating the military reform and striving for building the world first class military forces. Sunny also means making power operating publicly, governing the country according to the constitution, advancing the rule of law, and firmly fighting corruption. Over the past 5 years, China has trialed 101 corrupt officials at the provincial, ministerial level or above. The next step is to consolidate the overwhelming trend of the anti-corruption struggle, establish a National Monitoring Committee, and lock power in the cage of the system, so that officials will be cautious because they have scruples in mind.
Thirdly, Chinese foreign policy is sunny.
China is a major country pursuing peace, actively learning and full of sunshine.Chinese Communist Party, or the CPC, always spares no efforts not only to pursue the happiness and satisfaction of Chinese people, but also to advance the cause of mankind. In the Constitutional Amendment just approved by the 13th National People’s Congress of China, there is an emphasized statement saying that China’s achievements in revolution, construction and reform era are inseparable from the support of the people from the world. 
Meanwhile, another improved and strengthened statement is that China is adherent to the path of peaceful development and insists on the opening-up strategy for mutual benefit and win-win situation.

Liu Jinsong is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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