Beijing Initiative calls on political parties to contribute to peace, development

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/3 23:18:39

World party leaders pledge cooperation

The Communist Party of China (CPC), together with representatives of some 300 political parties from 120 countries, concluded their three-day meeting on Sunday issuing a document called the Beijing Initiative, calling on political parties around the globe to contribute to world peace and development.

"We call on political parties around the world to join us in building world peace, contributing to global development and safeguarding the international order," reads the document issued during the closing ceremony of the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting.

It also called on political parties to facilitate the building of partnerships, encourage mutual learning among civilizations, and be the guardians of the environment.

The initiative broadly covered issues including opposing isolationism, exclusionism and protectionism, implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, building a community with a shared future for mankind and pushing cooperation on the Belt and Road initiative.

Many of the foreign participants complimented China and the CPC.

The participants are from both the developing and developed world, including the Fatah Movement of Palestine, the UK's Conservative Party and Japan's Liberal Democratic Party. Some were former leaders of foreign countries.

"This shows that the increasing isolationism, protectionism and exclusionism of the US have triggered worries around the globe. Some European countries are expecting the US to change after Donald Trump's presidency ends, and they all show support to China in order to pressure the US," Song Luzheng, a research fellow at the China Institute of Fudan University, told the Global Times.

Party-to-party exchanges

The Beijing Initiative proposed that the CPC's dialogue with foreign political leaders should become a high-level platform for political dialogue with broad representation and global influence.

Hossam El-khouly, vice president of Egypt's Alwafd Party, said that the meeting is unprecedented, and he appreciates China building the platform for so many countries' parties to exchange ideas, especially for those from developing countries, to let their voices be heard globally.

Party-to-party exchanges complement diplomacy between governments, said Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee.

"In order to keep connections with different political powers, party-to-party exchanges are very important. It is a tradition of the CPC to promote relationship with other countries' parties, big or small, in power or not in power," Su said.

The CPC has kept regular contacts with more than 400 political parties and organizations in about 160 countries and regions.

In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, called on political parties around the world to play a guiding role in building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Newspaper headline: World political dialogue issues Beijing Initiative

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