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The Chinese Embassy in the UK Holds Online Symposium on the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee
2021-11-23 22:57

On 23 November, the Chinese Embassy in the UK held an online symposium on the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee, where Ambassador Zheng Zeguang delivered a keynote speech. Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, Andy Brooks, General Secretary of the New Communist Party of Britain, Ella Rule, Chair of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist), Martin Jacques, renowned expert on China, and Stephen Perry, Chairman of the 48 Group Club, spoke at the event. Present were also Martin Albrow, fellow at the Academy of Social Sciences, Sir Martin Davidson, Chairman of the Great Britain-China Centre, representatives of various British political parties, experts, and scholars, and representatives from the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Ambassador Zheng pointed out that to understand China, one must first understand the Communist Party of China. He shared his take on the guidelines of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee and the key points of The Resolution on the Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party over the Past Century, emphasizing that the plenum will have far-reaching significance for unifying the whole Party in thinking and action, upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics, and driving forward the historic process of national rejuvenation.

Ambassador Zheng noted that the Resolution is a systematic summary of the Party’s major achievements in the past century, with details elaborated through four historical stages, four great transformations and four solemn declarations. It also provides a key summary on the Party’s great achievements in the New Era from 13 aspects. The Resolution sums up the adaptation of Marxism to the Chinese reality with three historic steps, and lays out “ten clear-cut conclusions” to summarize the core content of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. In particular, it sets forth a series of original new ideas, thoughts, and strategies.

Ambassador Zheng emphasized, a review of the Party’s endeavors in the past century drives home more clearly that it is completely right for the Party to establish Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and to define the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought. He is the widely-recognized and well-deserved core of the Party, leader of the people and commander in chief of the armed forces. It is the call of the times, the choice of history and the aspiration of the people to establish Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position and to define the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought.

Ambassador Zheng noted that the endeavours of the CPC over the past century bear far-reaching significance for not only the development of the Chinese people, the nation and the Party, but also the historical process of the world. It strengthened the force for world peace and development, provided new experience in political party governance, offered new wisdom in the governance of a country, and contributed ideas to global governance.

Ambassador Zheng further pointed out that since the 18th National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has stayed committed to the path of political development under socialism with Chinese characteristics, and blazed the trail of whole-process people’s democracy. China’s achievements in development and the Chinese people’s firm support for the CPC are proof enough that China’s democracy works and China’s development is at its best time ever. Currently, some people in the US are putting together a so-called “Summit for Democracy”. As things stand, this is in essence aimed at creating division and confrontation along the ideological line. This would go against and trample on the spirit of democracy and will be rejected by the people of world. China urges the US side to follow through with their statement of not waging a new Cold War, not seeking conflict and confrontation, and not supporting “Taiwan independence” so as to enable the long-term and steady development of the China-US relationship.

In closing, Ambassador Zheng stressed that the Sixth Plenum has far-reaching significance, bringing all the good news to the world and the cooperation between China and other countries, including the UK. China and the UK should uphold the principle of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, implement key consensus reached between President Xi and Prime Minister Johnson during their phone call, step up engagement and communication, build mutual understanding and trust, remove disruptions and expand exchanges and cooperation. This will enable China-UK relations to make sound and steady progress, so as to bring real benefit to the peoples of the two countries and to contribute to world peace and development.

Griffiths said, the Resolution reviewed and adopted by the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee summarized the Party’s major achievements in the past century and its historical experience on theoretical innovation, economic and social development, and promotion of building a human community with a shared future. The accomplishments of the CPC refute the false information about on China in West. The Communist Party of Britain will learn from the experience of the CPC and looks forward to further deepening the relationship between the two parties.  

Brooks said that the CPC has led the Chinese people to accomplish great achievements, successfully lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and embarked on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in a comprehensive way. China is leading the way from one victory to another. Meanwhile, the CPC emphasizes that China does not export socialism with Chinese characteristics and that Chinese development cannot be a model for other countries to follow blindly, which fully reflects its modest and cautious attitude and respect for other political parties.

Ella Rule congratulated the CPC for the glorious achievements it has made in leading the Chinese people over the past 100 years, saying that China has made tremendous economic, scientific and technological progress while pursuing a peaceful foreign policy, which has further enhanced China's reputation in the eyes of all righteous people around the world.

Martin Jacques said it is a truly remarkable achievement that the CPC has revolutionized the face of China in its century of endeavor and is the most successful political party of all time. The Chinese people have been the greatest beneficiaries of the CPC's rule, enjoying unprecedented development and happiness. Socialism with Chinese characteristics is a new model of development, and its successful practice has won worldwide attention. Some Western media have made biased interpretation of the Plenum and the Resolution, only to show their ignorance of their historical significance.

Stephen Perry said, the Resolution is of significant historical importance, meaning that China will continue to open up and build a fairer country sharing with the world. China’s development will bring more opportunities to the world. The West should strengthen exchanges with China to enhance mutual understanding and mutual learning.

Participants congratulated the CPC on the successful conclusion of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee through text messages and other means, speaking highly of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core for leading the Chinese people to achieve remarkable success, and expressed their willingness to maintain close contact with the CPC, enhance exchanges and mutual understanding, and jointly promote world peace and development.

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