Wang Chen: China's development path is peaceful and different from the powerful countries

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"China's development path is peaceful and different from the path powerful countries have taken in the past," said Wang Chen, director of the Information Office of the State Council, in his keynote speech "A Vision of China's Peaceful Development and World Harmony" at the forum.

Wang said China will "unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development," calling it a strategic choice and a solemn promise.

"Because they experienced suffering, Chinese people are well aware of the importance of peace and the urgency of development. They are convinced that only peace can bring about a good and prosperous life," said Wang.

Wang added that Chinese development is not aimed at becoming a super power.

He said China is not aiming for world hegemony and that China's rise does not pose a threat to the world.

"China is in the same boat as the international community and is making concerted efforts to achieve sustainable economic and social development," Wang concluded.

The forum, with the theme "China Integrating into a Diverse World," attracted more than 280 scholars from more than 20 countries and regions.

Initiated in 2004, the biennial forum aims to nurture new views and approaches for China studies while promoting mutual understanding and academic exchange between Chinese and overseas scholars.

The State Council Information Office and the Shanghai Municipal Government sponsored the forum that will run until Nov. 8.

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