It’s a day to remember in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
A grand military parade marched through Tian’anmen Square on Oct 1, showcasing the remarkable strides made by China’s armed forces in recent years.
As President Xi Jinping said in his speech at the event, the founding of the PRC 70 years ago completely changed China’s fate. The Chinese people stood up to put an end to poverty and weakness.
“No force can ever shake the status of China, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward,” Xi said.
But, although the country will not be cowed by threats or subdued by pressure, he assured the world that China remains committed to its path of peaceful development. While the nation will resolutely defend its hard-won independence and territorial integrity, the Chinese people cherish peace and will strive to work with the people of other countries in pursuit of not only the nation’s rejuvenation, but also a community with a shared future for all mankind.
Having suffered repeatedly from foreign bullying, the Chinese people have ingrained in their minds that invading, colonizing and enslaving other peoples for whatever reasons and in whatever forms are evil acts. China remains committed to a new type of international relations based on equality and common prosperity. It does not pursue hegemony or seek expansion. It will never be subordinate to others, but neither will it coerce others into submission.
Having become a strong national power, it is in a better position than ever before to make greater contributions to humankind. Not only by shouldering more responsibility to help other developing countries improve their people’s livelihoods, but also by actively exploring and applying a Chinese approach to upholding multilateralism, international peace and stability, and common development.
Over the past 70 years, China has integrated itself into the global community and made greater contributions toward safeguarding world peace and boosting global prosperity through its development, and will continue to do so.
What the event displayed is not aggressive intentions, but the pride China takes in its accomplishments and its awareness that unity is strength.
By coming together at this moment, wherever they might be, the Chinese people were able to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 70 years and look forward to the bright future of national rejuvenation.
(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)