China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005 by Bijian Zheng

By Bijian Zheng

While some time past different rising powers have used territorial growth or different kinds of aggression so as to insert themselves into the foreign enviornment, China is taking a distinct street. during this well timed selection of speeches, Zheng Bijian, one in all China's best thinkers on ideological questions, examines "China's peaceable rise," addressing one of the most advanced concerns China faces because it emerges right into a swiftly altering global order. those speeches mirror Zheng's enterprise experience that the teachings of historical past call for that China pursue a strong, peaceable foreign surroundings as a primary precedence. any such method won't merely support delicate China's rise—it also will translate China's successes into merits for different international locations besides. those speeches are worthy analyzing not just for the energy in their rules, but in addition for a better knowing of the political and coverage constraints and possibilities in kin with China. they assist us start to resolution the an important query that informs a lot of these speeches: How should still we expect approximately China?

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We have now spent twenty-five of those seventy, so it will take another forty-five years. 5 billion people in China is a great ambition, which alone will keep this 9725-7 zheng txt 8/18/05 10:59 AM Page 27 China’s generation and the next two to three generations of Chinese people extremely busy. Peaceful Rise Yuen: Your remarks make us realize that people in China are working hard on all fronts to improve their national strength. I think the future is very bright if we follow this path. Now let’s look at some other countries, some developed countries in particular, that believe the rise of China will pose a threat to them.

In particular, it has very deep-seated historical and cultural links with other East Asian countries. China’s cultural tradition, featuring “unity in diversity” and “priority to peace,” also goes a long way toward facilitating China’s harmonious coexistence and sharing of prosperity with the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. In general, China’s peaceful rise brings to the Asia-Pacific region opportunities for development, conditions for peace, and space for cooperation. Moreover, we believe that China and the Asia-Pacific countries have much to offer each other.

Where the difficulty lies, the hope of a solution also rises. truly invigorating china Yuen: That’s a very interesting and enlightening view. And what do you believe is the key to the transformation from difficulty to driving force? Zheng: The key is reform. Like I said, as long as China is truly invigorated and all positive factors are mobilized, an extremely 22 strong driving force will be fully liberated. But how can we invigorate China? The answer is reform. This has been proved by all that has happened since the Third Plenum of the Eleventh Party Congress.

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