Losing no time in progressing—grasping the historic opportunity for common development

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(191219) -- BEIJING, Dec. 19, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Aerial photo taken on Feb. 14, 2017 shows a night view in central Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)

Peoples Daily

On the last day of 2019, Peoples Daily published an article titled “Losing no time in progressinggrasping the historic opportunity for common development of China and the world under the byline of Guo Jiping.

Looking back at the China-U.S. trade frictions over the past more than one year, the article pointed out that the confidence, calmness and composure of the Chinese people to pursue their beautiful dreams remains unshakeable however severe the external challenges and risks may become.

As the article pointed out, the world is confident about the Chinese economy, andexpects to join hands with China to grasp the historic opportunity for common development as the country is promoting economic transformation and upgrading and expanding opening-up.

China is a 5000-year-old oriental civilization, as well as a socialist country that has achieved glorious achievements through the past 70 years of hard work. Is it a partner or an opponent, an opportunity or a threat of the world? That is a question that has been frequently contemplated on by the world.

In answering this question, facts have proved that Chinas development is beneficial to the world and its increasingly closer cooperation with global countries will make the world better.

At present, the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, as economic globalization becomes an unstoppable trend while unilateralism and protectionism pose as the counter-currents. Against such a backdrop, only those who are firm about their development course and can grasp the opportunities are able to ride the tides of the global economy, the article stressed.

One unusual fact about economic globalization is that it is accompanied by the need for cooperation and win-win opportunity, as well as the risk of escalating frictions and confrontations.

Because of this, the world has had a deeper understanding of Chinese President Xi Jinpings keynote speech delivered at the opening plenary of the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Economic globalization resulted from growing social productivity, and is a natural outcome of scientific and technological progress. No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war. No difficulty, however daunting, will stop mankind from advancing.When encountering difficulties, we should not complain about ourselves, blame others, lose confidence or run away from responsibilities. We should join hands and rise to the challenge.

These words of Xi about Chinas pledge to adapt to and push for economic globalization are of significant realistic meaning.

Rising to challenges and becoming braver in front of frustrations, the Chinese people are turning external pressure into the power to deepen reform and expand opening-up, said the article.

At present, the Chinese economy is constantly creating opportunities for development, constantly expanding the space for development, and maintaining the basic trend of stability and long-term improvement.

The Chinese dream is closely connected with the world dream, and the period of strategic opportunities for China’s development is also a period of strategic opportunities for China and global partners to develop together.

As international observers put it, a stable China is the biggest source of stability in this world full of uncertainty. This is true today, and it will remain so for a long time in the future.

For years, China has ranked first in the world in terms of the economic contribution to global growth, the article pointed out.

The World Investment Report 2019 by the UN indicated that in the first half of 2019, China attracted $73 billion in foreign investment, maintaining its position as the second largest destination of foreign investment and the largest developing-economy recipient of foreign investment.

During the second China International Import Expo, deals worth $71.13 billion were agreed. The two $70 billion represented the global recognition of the amount of dividends delivered by the Chinese market and level of opening-up of China, as well as the worlds confidence in Chinas economy.

Opening its arms, China is providing more opportunities of market, investment and growth for all countries in the world for common development, the article stressed.

The Chinese people aspire for a better life for their own, as well as one for people in other countries. Promoting a higher level of opening-up, China has delivered tangiblemutual beneficial and win-win results to the world. This has reflected the grand vision of China to live in harmony with all countries and manifested its confidence and sense of responsibility, the article concluded.

(Guo Jiping is a well-known pen name used for People’s Daily editorials meant to outline China’s stance and viewpoints on major international issues.)

把握共同发展的历史机遇

人民日报

2019年最后一天,人民日报刊发署名为“国纪平”的文章,标题为《时不我待 只争朝夕——把握中国与世界共同发展的历史机遇》。文章回顾持续一年多的中美经贸摩擦,并表示无论国内外风险挑战何等复杂严峻,都无法改变中国人民追求美好梦想的坚定自信、稳健从容。世界给中国经济投下“信任票”,期待同转型升级、扩大开放的中国一起,把握共同发展的历史机遇。

文章指出,2019年的世界,有一道备受关注的思考题:中国这样一个由五千年灿烂文明涵养的东方大国,这样一个以70年艰苦奋斗取得辉煌成就的社会主义国家,究竟是伙伴还是对手,是机遇还是威胁?事实给出答案:中国发展对世界有利,中国同各国日趋紧密的合作是全球之福。

文章强调,世界正经历百年未有之大变局。经济全球化大潮滚滚向前,而单边主义、保护主义暗流汹涌。如此形势,谁能把稳发展航向、把握发展机遇,谁才能勇做世界经济的弄潮儿。

文章指出,一面是合作的需要、共赢的机遇,一面是摩擦的升级、对抗的风险,构成极不寻常的经济全球化现实。这一切,更让世界深刻领会习近平主席在瑞士达沃斯世界经济论坛2017年年会开幕式上发表的主旨演讲——“经济全球化是社会生产力发展的客观要求和科技进步的必然结果”“打贸易战的结果只能是两败俱伤”“再大的困难,都不可能阻挡人类前行的步伐”“遇到了困难,不要埋怨自己,不要指责他人,不要放弃信心,不要逃避责任,而是要一起来战胜困难”……今天看来,人们更能感到这篇关于适应经济全球化、引导经济全球化的中国宣言,具有何等重要的现实意义。

文章指出,当前,中国人民迎难而上,愈挫愈勇,把外部压力转化为深化改革、扩大开放的强大动力。中国经济不断创造发展机遇、不断拓宽发展空间,保持稳中向好、长期向好的基本趋势。而中国梦与世界梦息息相通,中国发展的战略机遇期,也是中国携手全球伙伴共同发展的战略机遇期。正如国际观察人士所言:“一个稳定的中国是这个充满不确定的世界的最大稳定源。今天如此,今后很长历史时间里,依然如此。”

文章指出,中国对世界经济增长的贡献率已经多年位居世界第一。联合国最近一期《全球投资趋势监测报告》显示,2019年上半年,中国吸引外资730亿美元,继续成为全球第二大外资流入国和外资流入最多的发展中经济体。在第二届中国国际进口博览会上,累计意向成交金额达711.3亿美元。文章指出,这两个“700多亿美元”,代表了世界对中国市场红利和开放程度的认可,代表了对中国经济的信心。

文章最后强调,中国张开双臂,为各国提供更多市场机遇、投资机遇、增长机遇,实现共同发展。中国人民不仅希望自己过上好日子,也希望其他国家人民过上好日子。高水平开放,带来实实在在的互利共赢成果,体现了中国协和万邦的胸怀,彰显了中国的底气和担当。

(“国纪平”是人民日报的著名评论栏目,一般围绕重大的国际问题,阐释中国立场和观点。)