(Nairobi, July 6, 2021)
Honorable Secretary General of the Jubilee Party Raphael Tuju,
Honorable Chief Administrative Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwanba,
Honorable Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I wish to extend to you our warmest welcome to the virtual reception. We are deeply honored that you have come to join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). I wish to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have long cared for China and supported China-Kenya relations.
The first of July, 2021, is a great and solemn day in the history of both the CPC and the Chinese nation. Addressing a grand gathering at the iconic Tian’anmen Square on that day, General Secretary Xi Jinping of the CPC Central Committee hailed the Party’s success over the past century and called on the whole Party to continue its hard work to achieve national rejuvenation.
In his speech from Tian’anmen Rostrum before a 70,000-strong crowd, General Secretary Xi declared that China has realized the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, “This means that we have brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty in China, and we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects. This is a great and glorious accomplishment for the Chinese nation, for the Chinese people, and for the Communist Party of China!”
China’s success hinges on the CPC. Without the CPC, there would be no new China and no rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The CPC’s role in leading the country is the choice of history and of the Chinese people.
When the CPC was founded in July 1921, China was like a loose heap of sands, facing grave dangers at home and abroad, trapped in a morass of social crises. Over the course of a century, the CPC has, leading the Chinese people, made unprecedented achievements.
By completing the New Democratic Revolution and founding the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the CPC put an end to the semi-colonial, semi-feudal society of old China and realized national independence and the people’s liberation.
By completing the socialist revolution and establishing socialism in China, the CPC brought the most extensive and profound social change to the Chinese nation.
By introducing the policy of reform and opening up, the CPC has pioneered socialism with Chinese characteristics so that the people can enjoy a better life, and the nation can become stronger and have its status notably raised in the international community.
By implementing the Five-sphere Integrated Plan and the Four-pronged Comprehensive Strategy, the CPC has ushered in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
With these historic achievements and transformation in the cause of the CPC and the nation, China has stood up, become better off, and grown in strength. Today, China is closer to, and more confident and capable than ever before of making the goal of national rejuvenation a reality.
When the 13 delegates were convened for its First National Congress 100 years ago, the CPC had just over 50 members. Today, with more than 95 million members in a country of more than 1.4 billion people, it is the largest governing party in the world and enjoys tremendous international influence.
How could the CPC flourish from small roots, survive every crucial test, surmount so many difficulties, and advance from victory to victory? In retrospect, the fundamental reason is that the CPC is always committed to its original aspiration and founding mission whether in good or bad times and perseveres in marching towards its goal, winning wholehearted support of the Chinese people.
The original aspiration and founding mission of the CPC is to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation.
To the Chinese Communists, the country is its people; the people are the country. The CPC was founded for the people and has always been of one heart with the people. Serving the people wholeheartedly is the fundamental purpose of the CPC. It works for the people’s interests and has no interests of its own. All it does is to realize, safeguard and develop the fundamental interests of the Chinese people. It always has as its goal the people’s desire for a better life and pursues people-centered development.
Over the years, many independent opinion polls conducted by Western research institutes have invariably placed the approval and satisfaction ratings of the CPC and the Chinese government among the Chinese people at the top of world rankings.
In July 1945, Huang Yanpei, a prominent educationist and leader of the China Democratic Political League, visited Yan’an and posed a question to Mao Zedong: How can the CPC break out of the cycle of rise and fall throughout China’s history?
Chairman Mao explicitly pointed out: We have already discovered a new path. We can break out of this cycle. This new path belongs to the people. This new path lies in democracy. The government will not become complacent only if it is under the supervision of the people. If everyone takes responsibility, a good system of governance will prevail.
Indeed, people’s democracy is a glorious banner that the CPC has always held high. The CPC takes it as a mission and guiding principle of governance to support, develop and guarantee people’s democracy. The Chinese people, becoming true masters of their destiny, support the governance of the CPC with their own practical actions. Without democracy, there would be no socialism, let alone socialist modernization and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Under the leadership of the CPC, China’s socialist democracy is the broadest, most genuine, and most effective democracy to safeguard the fundamental interests of the people.
We uphold the principle that all power of the state belongs to the people, which guarantees not only democratic elections in accordance with the law but also democratic decision-making, democratic management, and democratic supervision, and avoids any risk that pre-election promises will not be kept.
We uphold and improve the system of multiparty cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the CPC, and intensify cooperation and coordination between all social forces, so as to avoid conflicts, disputes, and internal strife among the various parties involved. Following the principles of long-term coexistence, mutual supervision, treating each other with sincerity and sharing each other’s weal and woe, the CPC and the other eight political parties have created a multiparty cooperation system in which the CPC exercises state power and the other parties participate fully in the administration of state affairs under the leadership of the CPC. Currently, 6 out of 14 vice chairpersons of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee have been members of the non-CPC political parties; 13 out of 24 vice chairpersons of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference are non-CPC members.
We uphold and improve the system of regional ethnic autonomy, consolidate ethnic relations of equality, unity, mutual assistance and harmony, and achieve harmonious development of all ethnic groups, so as to guard against ethnic conflicts and misunderstandings.
We uphold and improve the system of community-level self-governance by improving local democracy, and see that the people directly exercise their democratic rights in line with the law, and that their rights are genuine.
In short, the people as masters of the country is the essence and core of socialist democracy. Unity of democracy and centralization, unity of electoral democracy and consultative democracy, and fully protecting the people to enjoy human rights according to law, are hallmarks of socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics. Whole-process people’s democracy is guaranteed with scientific and comprehensive institutional arrangements. In China, commitment to the unity of the CPC’s leadership, the people’s position as masters of the country, and law-based governance is a natural element of socialist political advancement. These three elements are integral components of socialist democracy.
Only the wearer of the shoes knows if they fit or not. The Chinese people know best whether the Chinese democratic system suits the country or not. The pursuit of democracy is a universal value of people around the world, but the democratic system and path of each country should be decided by its own people, rather than imposed by external force. The world today is diverse and vibrant. Democracy should not, and cannot, exist only in one mode. Recognizing and accepting the coexistence of various modes is in itself a manifestation of democracy in international relations.
The CPC strives for both the wellbeing of the Chinese people and human progress. On the journey ahead, as General Secretary Xi stressed in his address on July 1, “the CPC will continue to work with all peace-loving countries and peoples to promote the shared human values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom. We will continue to champion cooperation over confrontation, to open up rather than closing our doors, and to focus on mutual benefits instead of zero-sum games. We will oppose hegemony and power politics, and strive to keep the wheels of history rolling toward bright horizons.”
Let all of us, join hands to build a community with a shared future for humankind and a better world.