Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, proposed the Global Civilization Initiative (GCI) on Wednesday at a high-level dialogue with world political parties via video link.
The GCI aims to foster respect for the diversity of civilizations, advocate the common values of humanity, highly value the inheritance and innovation of civilizations, and jointly promote robust international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.
Xi made the proposal in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting, which gathered leaders of political parties and political organizations from many countries.
The theme of the meeting was “Path towards Modernization: The Responsibility of Political Parties”.
Xi said that tolerance, coexistence, exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations play an irreplaceable role in advancing humanity’s modernization process and making the garden of world civilization flourish.
He stressed that political parties should focus on people’s aspirations for a better life and further progress of civilization, and strive to achieve material abundance, political integrity, cultural-ethical enrichment, social stability and pleasant living environments.
He also called on political parties to put the people first and ensure modernization is people-centered; uphold the principle of independence and explore diversified paths toward modernization; adhere to openness and inclusiveness and pursue win-win cooperation; uphold multilateralism and safeguard international order; respect nature and promote green development.
Xi said that China’s path to modernization is rooted in its national conditions and also draws on the experience of other countries; it delivers benefit to the Chinese people and also advances common development of the world.
He reiterated that China will continue to safeguard international fairness and justice and promote world peace and stability. He said that China will neither tread the path of colonization and plunder nor seek hegemony once it grows strong.