The Communist Party in China (CPC): A True Model of Excellent Governance

Press time:2021-09-16Number of views:10

By Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram , Director,

Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future, Communication University of China (CUC), Beijing, China 

The world has seldom witnessed revolutionary movements and regimes that completely changed the landscape and scope in a short timeframe. The Communist Party in China, formed in 1921, can aptly be considered as a true model of excellence for the last hundred years.  These hundred years have been a period of dramatic change – enormous productive forces unleashed, social transformation unprecedented in scale, and huge advances in human civilization. These hundred years have also witnessed a profound and transformative change in China. It is the CPC that has made this revolution possible. The Chinese nation is a great nation, with a history dating back more than 5,000 years. China has made an indelible contribution to human civilization. CPC is the main driving force behind the socio-economic and political progressive growth of China. CPC has ushered in a new era of significant socioeconomic stability and development, continues to this time.  Over the past hundred years, the CPC has grown from a small party with just over 50 members into the largest governing party in the world, with more than 95 million members in a country of more than 1.4 billion people. It is a party of major international standing. It has governed the world's largest socialist country for more than seven decades. It has led the Chinese people onto the path towards national rejuvenation and modernization, and it enjoys extensive support from the Chinese people.Over the past hundred years, all the struggles, sacrifices and efforts made by the CPC and by the Chinese people under its leadership have been directed to one goal – the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. China's Communists, with Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping as their chief representatives, have adapted the basic tenets of Marxism to China's realities and its traditional culture. They have gone from victory to victory on their journey towards national rejuvenation.

A Voyage to wards Rejuvenation:

To realize national rejuvenation, the CPC has led the Chinese people to carry their great struggle, launch a great initiative, advance their great cause, fulfill their great dream, and achieve great success with Chinese characteristics in the new era. In this new era, the party has strengthened its overall leadership, coordinated the implementation of the Five-sphere Integrated Plan (economic, political, cultural, social and eco-environmental fields) and the Four-pronged Comprehensive Strategy (China's strategic plan with Chinese characteristics to make comprehensive moves to complete a moderately prosperous society in all respects, to further reform, to advance the rule of law, and to strengthen Party self-governance, and modernization). CPC has adopted a full range of intra-Party regulations and exercised rule-based internal management. Due to effective strategies, China has overcome significant risks and challenges. All these efforts have provided robust institutional conditions, strong material foundations, and a source of inspiration for advancing the cause of national rejuvenation. By succeeding in their firm struggle, the CPC and the Chinese people have shown the world that the Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing upright to becoming prosperous and growing in strength and that China's rejuvenation is an unstoppable historical force.

Significant Policy Analysis for Robust Development:

The Communist Party of China is the vanguard of China's working class, the Chinese people, and the Chinese nation. Serving the people wholeheartedly is its abiding mission. The CPC is dedicated to the people and forever puts their interests first. It follows the underlying trends of social development and respects the people's principal role in making history. It pursues the lofty goal of working for the wellbeing of the Chinese people; and does everything in the people’s interest. The CPC shares the same goals as the people, and it shares a common stake with the people. Drawing support and strength from the people, the Party has grown in strength in the fight to overcome every challenge. The CPC has striven to serve the people and won their support and endorsement from its very beginning. It represents the fundamental interests of all the Chinese, and everything it does is to realize, safeguard and advance their interests. Meeting the people's expectations for a better life is its goal. The party has taken sound development as its top priority in governance. It has unleashed and developed the productive forces to meet the people's expectation for a better life. Since its 18th National Congress, the CPC has followed a people-centered philosophy. It has launched a full range of initiatives to achieve common prosperity and uphold fairness and justice. It has delivered initial prosperity for all. It has fought the Covid-19 and saved lives no matter the cost. It has eradicated absolute poverty in the country, implemented the rural revitalization strategy, and promoted a new people-focused urbanization strategy. The vision that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets inspires the drive to protect the environment.

Defusing Risks and Overcoming Challenges:

China has carried out its revolution, reconstruction and reform against a backdrop of both conventional and exceptional risks and challenges, from both inside and outside the Party, from both within China and abroad, and from human society and nature. The CPC has led the people to defuse these risks and meet these challenges with courage, confidence and resilience while promoting the cause of socialism. It has secured and consolidated its position as the governing party, guaranteed national security, and ensured continuous and consistent development. The Party is always ready to protect against potential dangers even in times of peace. Founded in years of trial, tribulation and maturing in adversity, the CPC always keeps in mind the ancient wisdom that One should be mindful of potential danger in times of peace, the risk of downfall in times of rise, and potential chaos in times of stability.’’ The CPC maintained a high vigilance during a life-and-death struggle and grew in size and strength despite being menaced by formidable enemies. During reform and opening up, faced with frequent social conflicts and disputes, and major setbacks to world socialism, the CPC prioritized increasing its ability to fend off threats and successfully dealt with various risks and challenges.

Visionary Leadership of CPC:

Robust leadership comes from sound leadership, sound leadership comes from rational policymaking. For a party as large as the CPC, policymaking is its lifeline. Over the past hundred years, at every historic juncture, the CPC has analyzed the situation from an overall, objective and forward-looking perspective and set forth practical goals, tasks, policies and roadmaps. The Party's sound guidelines have enabled it to carry out its work in a well-organized and systematic manner. The Party has succeeded in devising the right policies based on an accurate analysis of domestic and international developments. The CPC has rational guidelines to follow, the Chinese people have enjoyed tangible benefits, and the entire Chinese nation has forged a strong synergy to pursue shared dreams and aspirations.

Chinas Contribution to World Peace and Development:

The CPC seeks happiness for the people and progress for humanity. No matter how the global situation might have changed, the CPC has always pursued the shared human values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom. It has championed internationalism, stood on the right side of history and the progressive side of humanity, and contributed to world peace and development. Since the 18th National Congress, China has moved closer to the center of the world stage. Playing a more active role in international affairs, the Party has consistently promoted major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics and the building of a global community of shared future. It has won respect from peace-loving people throughout the world with real actions, and friends of China are to be found all over the world. China deeply understands how precious peace is. In a complex world, the CPC has always championed justice, peace, democracy and multilateralism while opposing war, hegemony and unilateralism. The CPC has proposed important ideas and initiatives for promoting world peace:

i.  The five principles of peaceful coexistence

ii. The independent foreign policy of peace and nonalignment

iii. A harmonious world of lasting peace and prosperity

iv. A global community of shared future

v. A new model of international relations, and the Belt and Road Initiative.

The CPC has not limited itself to solemn promises – it has done what it can to safeguard world peace. China is committed to solving land and water border disputes through negotiations and consultation. It is faithful, active, and exemplary in pursuing, exploring, and practicing democracy. It has implemented democracy within the Party and in China and vigorously promotes democracy in international relations.China upholds the values of the greater good and shared interests and follows the principles of sincerity, affinity, good faith and real results in strengthening cooperation with other developing countries. In a world rife with crises, China holds that all countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal. Powerful countries should behave as befits their status, make the future of humanity their priority, and shoulder greater responsibility for world peace and development, rather than wielding their power in pursuit of supremacy or hegemony.

Changing Dynamics of International Relations: Active Role of China

China will pursue cooperation rather than confrontation, opening up rather than isolation, and mutual benefits rather than the zero-sum game. It will oppose hegemony and power politics and contribute to building a global community of shared future and a better world. The CPC will continue with its self-reform and maintain its progressive nature and integrity. It will continue to improve its leadership and governance and reinforce its ability to resist corruption and withstand risks. This will ensure that the Party always remains ahead of the times as history progresses and the world undergoes profound change. The Party will always remain the backbone of the nation as China responds to risks and challenges at home and abroad, and a powerful leadership core as the country continues to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics. No external force can defeat the CPC as long as it retains its strength. There is a logic behind all evolution. This is also true of political parties. Party’s history helps to explain how it has come to its present form and indicate what its future will be. The journey ahead will not be smooth, but the prospects are bright and broad. China will surely make a greater contribution to humanity.

In a nutshell, the concept of building a global community of shared future reflects the truth that all countries are interdependent and the whole of humanity shares the same future. It reflects the common values of humanity and finds the greatest common ground to build a better world. The aim of building a global community of shared future is neither to promote the unilateral propositions of one or a few cultures, nor to seek to make each and every country act in the same manner, far less to replace one system or civilization model with another. Instead, it proposes that countries with different social systems, ideologies, historical civilizations and development levels target the same goals, align their interests, and share their rights and responsibilities to promote the overall development of human society. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) provides an important platform for building a global community of shared future. For the success of BRI, it is imperative to follow the Silk Road spirit characterized by peace, cooperation, openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefit.

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