Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

CRI: Recently, British scholar Martin Jacques said that the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the past century "has arguably been the world's most successful political party ... the CPC's extraordinary success is because it found a way ... of combining a huge reforming capacity with a profound rootedness in Chinese society and culture", adding that "one thing is sure, based on its achievements, its capacity for governance and its ability to change, the CPC will still be China's leader, architect and mentor". Do you have any comment?

Wang Wenbin: I noted relevant reports. I have also noticed that more and more people in the world are following with interest and studying the CPC. They take the study of the CPC as the key to understanding China in modern times.

The CPC has covered a century-long journey, and its history is the best textbook for understanding the CPC. Here, I would like to share with you some observations.

First, the CPC is a political party that breathes the same air and share the same future with the people. The CPC adheres to its fundamental purpose of serving the people wholeheartedly, and takes the people's support, approval, happiness, and consent as the fundamental criterion for judging all its work. To meet the people's aspiration for a better life is the goal of the CPC. Committed to serving the people and relying on the people, the CPC has won the broadest support of the Chinese people. The CPC started as a small party with over 50 members and has grown into a major party with over 91 million members and has long been a ruling party in the world's most populous country. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government released a policy brief showing that the Chinese people's overall satisfaction toward the Chinese government under the leadership of the CPC exceeds 93%.

Second, the CPC is a political party bold in reform and innovation. The CPC proceeds from reality in all it does, integrates the basic tenets of Marxism with China's actual conditions, and unswervingly follows its own path. Over the past 100 years, the CPC didn't simply apply the template envisioned by the writers of Marxist classics, or copy other countries' socialist practices and modernization model. Instead, it has been enriching and developing Marxism in practice, adapting Marxism to China's realities, keeping it up to date and enhancing its popular appeal. It has rallied and led the Chinese people in completing the new democratic revolution and socialist revolution, carrying out reform and opening up, building socialism with Chinese characteristics, carrying out a great struggle, developing a great project, advancing a great cause, and realizing a great dream. We have made a great leap forward from standing up to becoming prosperous and strong.

Third, the CPC is a political party dedicated to the cause of human progress. The CPC firmly upholds China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and will never swallow the bitter fruit of undermining national interests. At the same time, it always takes making new and greater contributions to mankind as its mission and is committed to fulfilling its responsibility as a major country to promote human progress. China contributes more than 30% to world economic growth. It is the second largest contributor to assessed contributions and peacekeeping budget of the UN, and the largest troop contributor of peacekeeping operations among the permanent members of the UN Security Council. China's development has broadened the path to modernization for developing countries. China firmly opposes hegemonism and power politics, advocates making international relations more democratic and rules-based, promotes the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, and contributes by offering Chinese wisdom and solutions to global issues such as poverty reduction and climate change.

Martin Jacques says that there has been "an overwhelming failure to grasp the nature of the Chinese Communist Party in the West". In fact, it is not difficult to understand the CPC. As long as people don't wear tinted glasses of ideology and uphold the spirit of equality and mutual respect, they can get a fair understanding of the real CPC from history and get to know China as it is. We welcome friends from all walks of life to keep up the interest in the CPC and the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

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