CPC’s remarkable achievements without following the West show another path to prosperity
Published: Aug 27, 2021 10:08 AM Updated: Aug 28, 2021 05:14 PM



The Communist Party of China (CPC) released a publication on Thursday with fruitful and comprehensive information to introduce the Party's historic mission and past and future contributions for China and the rest of the world. 

The publication, "The CPC: Its Mission and Contributions", has five chapters covering topics including serving the people wholeheartedly and realizing the ideals of the Party. They show the robust leadership and strong governance, vigor and vitality, and contributions to world peace and development made by the CPC.

The development of the CPC, which entered its centenary this year, has been closely associated with the historical fate of China since modern times. From its founding and with its evolution, it is not simply a political party, but a political system. At the juncture of its centenary, it is of particular significance for it to promote its ideas and values.

All of humanity is at a historically critical juncture. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic still ravaging the globe, which matters more? People's lives? Or freedom without control? From the level of the international community, is confrontation or unity more important? Domestically, how might the world best cope with the relations between free market economics and common prosperity? The newly released publication aims to illustrate where the CPC started and where it will lead the country to.

Another function of the publication is to correct the way the West views the CPC. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Westerns, especially Americans, started to do research on the CPC. During the process, they put many labels on the CPC as an "authoritarianism" or even "fragmented authoritarianism" model. Such labels are not based on facts. Westerners are carving a mark on the gunwale of a moving boat to get a lost sword, as the saying goes. Meanwhile, the CPC keeps on moving forward, as Western understanding falls far behind.

They don't have a correct understanding of the nature of the CPC. It is inappropriate to understand the CPC from the perspective of Western constitutional politics and party politics. Why? Because the CPC is a long-term ruling party that represents the interests of the whole nation. This is different from Western political parties that represent partial interests of society and usually do not rule for a long time. For instance, the CPC has set pragmatic targets through 2035, a long-term vision no other political party would think about.  

As domestic and international situation changes, the CPC has had a solid political basis and is willing to lead China on a better course. It can make clear to the world what nature it is, what it can do to China and the world, and its mission. 

Objectively speaking, the West's stigmatization of the CPC has generated some impact. It has managed to mislead the Western public. For instance, despite China's success in the anti-virus fight, the West keeps accusing the CPC of restricting the freedom of citizens. But such opinion offensives do no good to the West. China knows the West well. We are willing to learn the good aspects of the West. By contrast, the West easily makes misjudgment because it misunderstands China and the CPC. Because of this, Western offensives did not obstruct China's development momentum. 

China has a complete industrial chain. It is politically stable, and its people are vigorous. China's total imports and exports expanded by 35.1 percent year on year in the first seven months of 2021, and the country's FDI inflow soared by 25.5 percent during the same period. This thriving trend continues unabated. 

Another Western criticism against the CPC is that it doesn't have systems of checks and balances. Since the Western capitalist revolution, the West has its own set of understanding regarding power supervision such as elections and the three separations of powers. But they failed to acknowledge that these supervision mechanisms are confined to the history and national situation of a country. 

The West has been bigoted about its own system and believes its system could work in every country. But its export of its system to many countries around the world has failed because it didn't manage to cope with relations between democracy and authoritarianism and between freedom and stability.

The CPC used to make grave mistakes such as the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). It faced multiple changes as it pushed forward reform and opening-up. But in the end, it overcame all these difficulties, as it objectively viewed its problems and made self-corrections.

The CPC exercises a combination of intra-party supervision and non-party supervision. The Chinese public can participate in policymaking and legislation as well as public affairs management at the grass-roots level. The people can report to CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and take part in various consultations. These are all power supervision systems with Chinese characteristics which enable the CPC to effectively respond to public opinion and make people-centered policies. 

The CPC has achieved remarkable achievements without following the Western path. It can bring enlightenment to the world, especially developing countries. It is not about asking them to copy the China model, but to provide development principles and common values of humanity.  

The author is a research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

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