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Enter The Dragon!

Earl Bousquet
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China is entering another Year of the Dragon this weekend, blowing hot and flaming with confidence that its contribution to Development of Humanity over Time and its aim to establish a nation of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics will be achieved sooner than later.

While most major nations are grasping with the constant changes recycled by their political and economic systems, China is pushing ahead with modernization at home and globalization abroad.

Leading to the 2024 Lunar New Year, emphasis in the traditional mainstream international press was on playing-down China’s positive economic growth figures, but Beijing’s emphasis was on entering the Year of the Dragon with specific goals in mind, including improving and increasing its role on the world stage through what it calls ‘Major Country Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics’ and promoting ‘a shared future for Humankind’.

Indeed, while the propagandists in the citadels of capitalism closed last year, working hard still trying to paint China as what it’s not, the leadership in Beijing spent the end of 2023 getting ready for the jumpy transition from Year of the Rabbit to Year of the Dragon.

A Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs was held in Beijing on December 27-28 , attended by President Xi Jinping and other top members of the government and ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) leadership.

There, it was established that since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012 – when Xi became President – “numerous historic achievements have been secured and historic changes have taken place in China’s external work” on “the great journey of advancing the cause of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the new era.”

The conference offered ten points of proof:

I. Xi Jinping’s thought on Diplomacy is “opening up new vistas in the theory and practice of China’s diplomacy” and “providing the fundamental guideline for advancing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics”

II. Showcased “distinct Chinese characteristics, style and ethos in its diplomacy” and “established an image of a confident, self-reliant, open and inclusive major country with a global vision”

III. Advocated “building of a community with a shared future for mankind, pointing the right direction for human society leading to common development, lasting peace and security and mutual learning between civilizations”

IV. Followed “the strategic guidance of head-of-state diplomacy” and playing “an increasingly important and constructive role in international affairs”

V. Taken “a holistic approach to its relations with all parties, with a view to fostering major-country dynamics featuring peaceful coexistence, overall stability and balanced development”

VI. Expanded “a comprehensive strategic layout” and forming “a wide-ranging, high-quality global network of partnerships”

VII. Advanced “high-quality Belt and Road cooperation” and establishing “the world’s most broad-based and largest platform for international cooperation.

VIII. Worked “to both pursue development and safeguard security and effectively upheld its sovereignty, security and development interests with a firm will and an indomitable fighting spirit”

IX. Taken “an active part in global governance” and “shown the way in reforming the international system and order”; and

X. Strengthened “the centralized, unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee” and “brought about greater coordination in China’s external work.”

In the dozen years under Xi’s leadership, along with Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa, China has helped develop a new thrust for development of developing nations, propelled by themselves and their own resources.

The BRICS group (now under Russia’s Presidency): represents more-than-half of Humanity and occupies most of Planet Earth; has expanded from five nations to now having another 25 knocking at its doors; has its own New Development Bank (based in Shanghai) to assist developing nations; controls 47% of global oil; and members are moving swiftly to trade in their own currencies.

China is also working alongside the G-77 nations to help accelerate global political change to back the goals of developing nations and at its recent summit in Uganda in January 2024, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Beijing to drive the momentum for global governance reform.

China’s peace-making diplomacy also came to the fore in the Ukraine conflict, where it was the first nation to table a peace plan all sides were ready to talk around, before it was torpedoed by nations not interested in peace.

China’s diplomatic leadership also came to the fore early in the Gaza conflict, as Beijing predicted – within weeks after the October 7 attack on Israel – that the war would start becoming regional if and when it overspilled into Syria and Lebanon.

During its recent chairmanship of the United Nations Security (UN) Council, China also hosted meetings of Foreign Ministers and undertook numerous strenuous tasks to encourage an end to the fighting and start of talks.

China opened 2024 with renewed confidence that Taiwan reunification will happen sooner than later and the island’s recent elections returned a hung parliament with short coat-tails, while the number of nations with ties with Taipei continues to decrease – and the new super aircraft carrier ‘Fujian’ is being ‘readied to defend China in any war over Taiwan’.

China has also opened the new year as the clear world leader in electric vehicle (EV) technology – and last month fired the world’s first satellite to test G-6 technology.

Meanwhile, as cities continue to crumble worldwide under the combined forces of Nature and accelerated Climate Change, scientists opened 2024 having just discovered why The Great Wall of China has remained preserved for over 2,000 years.

The naysayers will continue to propagate untruths, half-truths and ‘alternative truths’ about China, but historicity of its early decisions continue being revealed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated China in 2000 for having adopted its heavily-criticized ‘One Child’ policy in 1980; and today, its massive population has declined for a second consecutive year, while other nations try to grapple with uncontrollable population overgrowth.

Indeed, Chinese everywhere, including Taiwan, have every reason to feel confident they’ll see even their most-secret dreams of modernization, globalization and reunification realized, as they together enter the Year of the Dragon.

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