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Xi Jinping’s three global initiatives set out China’s view of the world

Xi Jinping’s three global initiatives set out China’s view of the world

Xi Jinping’s three global initiatives set out China’s view of the world

 

 

 

 

Xi Jinping’s concept of the ‘two integrations’

Xi Jinping’s concept of the ‘two integrations’

Xi Jinping’s concept of the ‘two integrations’

Keith Bennett’s speech was delivered on behalf of Friends of Socialist China at a lunch and round table discussion organised by the Chinese Embassy in London for representatives of fraternal parties and other British friends of China to celebrate the Lunar New Year and to explore the topic of building a shared future for humanity.

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The following report on the event was published on the website of Friends of Socialist China:

On February 21, the Chinese Embassy in London organised a lunch and round table discussion for representatives of fraternal parties and other British friends of China to celebrate the Lunar New Year and to explore the topic of building a shared future for humanity along with the other major themes raised at the Central Conference on Work Related to Foreign Affairs, held in Beijing last December.

In his keynote report, Ambassador Zheng Zeguang first dealt with economic developments. China’s economy, he noted, had become greener, the middle income group had already reached 400 million, and Premier Li Qiang has noted that it will reach 800 million in five years. There were intensified efforts to sort out the problems in the real estate market.

On foreign policy, the Ambassador laid particular stress on high quality Belt and Road (BRI) developments, the historic reconciliation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, brokered by China, China’s contribution to the UAE consensus on climate change reached at COP 28, along with China’s role in the Global South, championing the expansion of the BRICS cooperation mechanism and the African Union’s admission to the G-20.

China’s policy, he explained, was to promote peace and oppose war. Without peace there could be no development and peace can only be possible if the independence and territorial integrity of nations was defended. It was further necessary to uphold mutual learning and to oppose ideas of a clash of civilisations.

Friends of Socialist China was represented by our co-editor Keith Bennett along with committee member Dr. Ali Al-Assam. In his contribution, Keith laid stress on how President Xi’s concept of a community with a shared future for humanity, which is described as the core tenet of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, embodies Xi’s concept of the “two integrations”, namely the integration of Marxism with China’s specific realities and especially the best of its traditional culture.

Other speeches were made by Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB); Andy Brooks, General Secretary of the New Communist Party of Britain (NCP); Christina Kostoula, Vice Chair of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) (CPGBML); Wang Qi, Minister of the Chinese Embassy; Stephen Perry, Honorary President of the 48 Group Club; Right Honourable Lord Davidson KC of Glen Cova, Labour Member of the House of Lords; Martin Albrow, Fellow of Britain’s Academy of Social Sciences; Martin Jacques, author of the best selling ‘When China rules the world’; Sam Daws, Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford; and Hugh Goodacre, Secretary of the Xi Jinping Thought Study Group of the Institute for Independence Studies.

Further contributions were made in discussion by Roger McKenzie, Foreign Editor of the Morning Star; and Ali Al-Assam of Friends of Socialist China.

 

 

 

 

 

Institute Patron greets Chinese New Year

Institute Patron greets Chinese New Year

Institute Patron greets Chinese New Year

In an article for China Today, Keith Bennett writes: “British people from all walks of life and backgrounds have been increasingly taking Chinese New Year to their hearts. It has become part of our culture and calendar. This is one more reminder that Cold War hostility and bellicosity do not represent the interests of the people of any country and are therefore destined to fail.”

 
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Comment on the speech by Friends of Socialist China

 

 

 

 

 

Book review: “Picturing the DPRK” by Glyn Ford.

Book review: “Picturing the DPRK” by Glyn Ford.

Book review: “Picturing the DPRK” by Glyn Ford.

In a full-page article published in today’s Morning Star, Keith Bennett reviews the book Picturing the DPRK by Glyn Ford, the former MEP who has spent many years promoting the understanding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which he has visited nearly 50 times. He is a long term friend of a number of the organisations in which the Institute has participated over the years.

View the text of the article.

View the text of the article with illustrations on the Morning Star website.

 

 

 

 

 

Book review: “Picturing the DPRK” by Glyn Ford.

Chinese newspapers feature Institute Patron’s comments on Xi Jinping’s New Year Address

Chinese newspapers feature Institute Patron’s comments on Xi Jinping’s New Year Address

Chinese newspapers feature Institute Patron’s comments on Xi Jinping’s New Year Address

Today’s China Daily features an article by Xing Yi in London and Linda Deng in Seattle, Washington, entitled “Experts reflect on speech, highlighting commitment to peace and prosperity”.

The article features the following comment by Institute Patron Keith Bennett, writing in his capacity of Co-Editor of Friends of Socialist China

“President Xi Jinping’s New Year address presents a profound, comprehensive and touching panorama and survey of China’s present situation, achievements and perspectives.

“What is particularly impressive is the way it relates a grand vision to the issues that most touch on people’s daily lives, from the encouragement of grassroots sports and community activities, such as the “village super league “soccer games, to the embrace by more people of low-carbon lifestyles, he said.

“When Xi talks about children being well taken care of and receiving a good education, and elderly people having access to proper medical services and care, he speaks not just to the Chinese people, but also to people’s universal aspirations.

“Making the issues that matter to every family the top priority for government, that is serving the people, is the essence of socialist governance.”

 

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