Greater Vitality after a Century, Sustained Splendor in the New Era--Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong delivers video remarks on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China

On 1 July 2021, Chinese Ambassador to India H.E. Sun Weidong delivered video remarks on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The full text of the video remarks is as follows:

The Communist Party of China (CPC) was born for the people, prospers due to the people, and be rooted in the people. The leadership of the CPC is the choice of history and the people.

The CPC was founded in July 100 years ago. It rallied and led the Chinese people to achieve national independence and liberation through 28 years of hard fight and sacrifice. From founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, launching reform and opening-up in 1978, to ushering in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics since the 18th National Congress in 2012, the CPC has led the Chinese people from standing up, getting rich to becoming strong, and created the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation.

The 100 years of the CPC witness a history of unremitting efforts and hard work, a history of theories exploration and a history of party building. Generations of CPC members forged ahead during the 100-year journey with hardships and triumph, blazed a path of rejuvenation towards a great modern country, and created remarkable miracles of development. Meanwhile, we are soberly aware that China remains the world's largest developing country. China's per capita GDP is still at the middle-income level. Unbalanced and inadequate development has become the main constraining factor in meeting the people's increasing needs for a better life.

The CPC is a political party that seeks happiness for the Chinese people and strives for the cause of human progress. The CPC and Chinese people go through trials and tribulations, and deeply appreciate the value of peace. China is committed to an independent foreign policy of peace. China grows not by expansion or colonial plunder, but through the hard work of its people. China's development offers a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence, and it offers Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind.

The world is undergoing once-in-a-century changes and the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing the raging pandemic, China puts people and life first. We were the first country to bring the pandemic under control, carry out cooperation on pandemic response, resume work and production, and realise economic recovery and growth. Sticking to the spirit of solidarity and mutual help, China offers support and assistance to peoples around the world including India to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, China has provided over 450 million doses of vaccines to nearly 100 countries. After the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic in India, China was one of the first countries to offer support and take actions. A lot of Chinese companies and institutions donated medical materials to India. The Red Cross Society of China provided 100 oxygen concentrators and 40 ventilators to the Indian Red Cross Society. According to incomplete statistics, China exported more than 1.3 lakh oxygen concentrators, 10 thousand ventilators, 110 thousand thermometers and over 14.5 crore masks to India from April to first half of May. China's government agencies actively provided facilitation and convenience for customs clearance and transport of the needy medical supplies from China. When India fought the second wave of pandemic, China was not absent or sat back apathetically. Our purpose is to save every precious life, and contribute to overcoming the pandemic by mankind at an early date.

President Xi Jinping points out that the overall goal of China's diplomacy is to foster a new type of international relations and build a community with a shared future for mankind. China is committed to peaceful co-existence with all countries, true multilateralism and to non-hegemony, non-expansion, non-alignment and non-coercion. World affairs should be handled through extensive consultation, and the future of the world should be decided by all countries working together. China never copies foreign models, nor export ideologies or ask other countries to copy China's practices. Instead, we advocate that all countries follow development paths that suit their own national conditions. All countries should respect each other and learn from each other without interfering in others' internal affairs. Looking into the future, no matter how the international situation evolves, under the leadership of the CPC, China will continue to stand on the right side of history. China will always be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a guardian of the international order.

China and India are both ancient oriental civilizations shine brightly through exchanges and mutual learning. The essence of our bilateral relations is how the world's two largest developing countries get along with each other and pursue development and rejuvenation together. Both sides should take a long-term view and follow the right path towards mutual trust and cooperation between big neighbouring countries. We should respect each other, engage in equal-footed consultation, seek common ground while narrowing differences and enhance mutual trust, to promote healthy and stable development of China-India relations and benefit the two peoples. This is in fundamental interests of the two countries and also meets the common expectation of the region and the international community.

The centenary only ushers in its prime of life. The CPC is committed to composing a more splendid chapter in the new era. The CPC is leading the Chinese people to embark on a new journey of building a modernised socialist country. Based on the new development stage, China will follow the new development philosophy and foster the new development paradigm. We will work with all countries through consultation and cooperation for shared benefits, to jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind, and create a more prosperous and better world together.

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