China’s Xi outlines global strategy in speech ahead of unprecedented third term: ‘expand security cooperation’

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Chinese President Xi Jinping this week declared his country the leader not only of the world but of the socialist nations, while criticizing other nations who abandoned socialism for the “Western model.”

“Many developing countries envy China and want to learn more about our governance experience. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has become the standard-bearer of 21st century socialist development,” Xi wrote in an article published Wednesday in Qiushi, the most authoritative party of the party. theoretical journal.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met this week in Uzbekistan to further strengthen ties between Asian countries seeking to curb Western influence on the continent, but it has come to coincide with the lead-up to the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. October 10. 16, in which the party will confirm Xi for an unprecedented third term, the South China Morning Post reported.

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“The Eurasian continent is home to all of us,” Xi said in his speech in Uzbekistan. “Maintaining peace and development is the common goal of countries in our region and the world at large, and the SCO bears an important responsibility to achieve this goal.”

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Both the article and speech attempt to set forth Xi’s vision for his nation. He claimed that China has the “responsibility, ability and confidence to make historic contributions to the advancement of scientific socialism” while charting its own course.

“Our destiny lies in the path we choose. If we take the wrong path, we will not achieve our goals and we may even break through the great rejuvenation of Chinese civilization,” Xi wrote.

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He insisted that China’s success “proves” that “socialism is not dead” and has prevented a “long dark age”.

“Imagine this: if socialism had failed in China, if our communist party had collapsed like the party in the Soviet Union, then global socialism would have fallen into a long, dark time,” he wrote. “And communism, as Karl Marx once said, would be a ghostly specter that lingers in limbo.”

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In his speech to the SCO, Xi pointed to five “practices” that member states need for continued “success”: political trust, “win-win” cooperation, equality between nations, openness and inclusiveness, and equality and justice. The SCO, founded by China and Russia, approved Iran’s application for membership this year, as China continues to downplay its actions against its Muslim Uyghur population.

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But it was the goals for future efforts that deserved the most attention, namely the “need to expand security cooperation” to cope with the “complex and challenging development environment at home and abroad”.

“China’s Global Security Initiative aims to address the peace deficit and global security challenges,” Xi said. “It calls on all countries to stay true to the vision of common, inclusive, cooperative and sustainable security and to build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture.”

“We welcome all stakeholders to get involved in the implementation of this initiative,” he insisted.

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