BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping galvanized the Chinese Communist Party cadres with a speech in which he called China “invincible”, until it manages to have “self-confidence” and build its own vibrant internal market, beyond the challenges. international relations that it has to deal with. The speech was delivered during a study session at the Central Party School on January 11, but was published in the party newspaper Qiushi in recent days, the South China Morning Post also reported today.
A few days earlier in Washington there had been the supremacist assault on the Capitol and Xi also makes a veiled reference to this episode. “At the moment the world is experiencing profound and unprecedented changes,” said the Chinese president. «The formula that fits the world today can be summed up in one word: chaos. And it seems that this situation will continue for some time ».
The speech – 12 thousand characters long – focuses on the Chinese response to Covid. “Judging by how this pandemic has been handled by the different leaderships and political systems around the world, we can clearly see that we have done it better,” said the Chinese leader. “Time and history – he continued – are on our side and in this lies our conviction and our resilience, which is why we are so determined and confident”.
There are still challenges to face, admitted Xi, but even more opportunities. “We must be aware that the development of our country is still in a phase of important strategic opportunity and that our opportunities and challenges will have to face new developments and changes”. These are “enormous and unprecedented” opportunities and challenges, but – the Chinese president assured – “the opportunities are greater than the challenges”.
Xi Jinping, who in the years of Donald Trump in the White House proposed himself as a champion of globalization, presented a rather balanced attitude on this notion in this speech. “As globalization faces contrary currents, we need to understand how to manage the relationship between self-confidence and openness,” he pointed out. «We must do a good job – he said – in participating in the international division of labor and at the same time safeguarding national security; make good use of foreign capital and conduct appropriate security checks at the same time as we open our doors more ».
The notion of self-confidence, in Xi’s speech, takes on particular importance. “As long as we can have confidence in ourselves and maintain a vibrant flow of goods and services within, then we will be invincible no matter what the storm that disrupts things internationally. We will survive and continue to develop, and no one will be able to beat us or choke us to death. ‘ In this last sentence there is apparently a subtle reference to the story of George Floyd, the black American suffocated to death by a US police officer, which has led to major anti-racist demonstrations in America.
Xi also went off to attack those CCP officials who behave selfishly or look at their backyard. It is necessary – said the president – “to build a unified market that serves the whole country”, so the cadres will have to not only “worry about their small domain or market, but work hard to ensure that our small economy flourishes”.
(with source Askanews)
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