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Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of "The CPC in Dialogue with the World 2016"

By Song Tao

Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee

Chongqing, October 15, 2016

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

With the concerted efforts of all sides, "The CPC in Dialogue with the World 2016" successfully completed its agenda and is coming to an end. First, on behalf of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all delegates, to the Chongqing authorities and relevant departments, and to each and every one who has contributed to the Dialogue.

Yesterday, Liu Yunshan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, attended the Dialogue and made a keynote speech that elaborated on the new landscape of global economic governance and the important role of political parties. He shared with us the CPC's outlook on global economic governance, expressing the sincere wish of the CPC to push forward global economic governance together with political parties around the world. Sun Zhengcai, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, made warm remarks, and expounded on global economic governance based on Chongqing's experience. In the preceding events revolving around the theme of the Dialogue, delegates had candid and open discussions on the prospects of global economic governance, on deliverable ways of innovating it, and on routes of participating in it. They offered profound insights, and ignited many a sparkle of thoughts. The local host Chongqing also arranged a kaleidoscope of field trips and cultural activities. Some delegates paid a visit to the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee to see, at close quarters, the implementation of the five development concepts in Chongqing. Just now, the "Chongqing Initiative", an important outcome of the Dialogue, was successfully adopted, marking the resounding success of the Dialogue, and fully demonstrating our consensuses on promoting global economic governance.

First, we must have a mindset of shared destiny and inter-dependence in innovating global economic governance. With the further deepening of economic globalization, countries already form an inter-dependent community of shared destiny. Global economic governance will only move in the right direction when countries, being responsible for the interests and future of all humanity, develop and let others develop, follow their own paths while respecting the choice of other countries, and seek the maximization of not only their own interests, but also the interests of all.

Second, we must take the initiative to keep pace with the times and be brave enough to be a first-mover in innovating global economic governance. In the face of a sluggish and lackluster global economy coupled with innumerable, complex, and interlocking global challenges, only those who reform, innovate, and change can come out on top. Being stuck in a rut with complacency will cost a country its future. We can only sustain global economic growth and consistently push forward reforms in global economic governance by confronting challenges, being problem-oriented, gaining momentum from reforms and innovations, and holding on to the "master key" of innovation.

Third, we must champion the spirit of mutual assistance and win-win cooperation in innovating global economic governance. Global economic governance can't be the monopoly of any one country as it touches on so many areas, and entails dilemmas and challenges that can't be addressed single-handedly. Therefore, countries should-with an open and inclusive attitude and adhering to the principle of wide consultations, joint construction, and shared benefits -strengthen cooperation, seek mutual understanding and trust through dialogues, expand areas of overlapping interests through exchanges and cooperation, consistently promote innovations in global economic governance, and enable the process to benefit all sides.

Fourth, we must walk the walk, and unify theories and practices in innovating global economic governance. General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized at the G20 Hangzhou Summit that "a thousand promises made are not as good as one promised delivered." Delegates all agree that political parties shoulder the important responsibility of innovating concepts, promoting reforms, forging consensus, facilitating cooperation, and leading political endeavors. Hence, they should set aside their prejudices, refrain from empty talks, encourage innovations in global economic governance, promote governments and all sectors of society to fulfill their international duties, and keep turning initiatives on reforming global economic governance into consensuses and then actions.

We are immensely encouraged by the aforementioned outcomes of the Dialogue. Here, on the basis of the deliberations we've had, I would like to make a few observations on global economic governance.

First, the idea of comprehensive governance should be affirmed. Usually, when we say global governance, we refer to global economic governance, which is also the focus of this Dialogue. I believe, however, effective global governance can't be founded on economics alone. As General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out, "without peace, there will be no development; without stability, there will be no prosperity." We can't only address the symptoms when trying to tackle a smorgasbord of different global challenges. Rather, we need to comprehensively consider history and the status quo, the present and the future, domestic and international affairs, and traditional and non-traditional factors. We need to adopt a diverse set of policies in political, economic and security arenas, implement them in a coordinated fashion, and firmly put in place a new concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security. Otherwise, we might fail to address the root causes and wind up not going as far as we'd like.

Second, we need to properly handle the relationship between global governance and regional governance. So far, our discussions are mostly about global governance. Yet, in fact, many global challenges manifest themselves more seriously on a regional level. On the other hand, some regional issues might obstruct global consensus building. Therefore, we can't afford to ignore regional governance, which is why we organized the Dialogue between the CPC and Political Parties of Countries along the Mekong River. Moreover, we need to understand that regional governance, being an important component of global governance, represents the route global governance must go through. The "Belt and Road" Initiative proposed by China is not only an important pathway of promoting regional integration that features joint development, but also a valuable endeavor of seeking new models of global governance through advancing regional governance. I sincerely hope that you will strongly support and actively participate in this endeavor.

Third, we should fully recognize the deep influence of culture and civilization on global governance. Like water, civilization moistens things silently. Culture and civilization is the collective memory of a country and nation. In today's world, many conflicts and issues can be traced back to the differences of thoughts and behaviors because of differences in understanding of the world, and answers to the same question in various culture equations can be drastically different. Therefore, in terms of innovation in global economic governance, it is necessary to push forward mutual understanding, mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and harmony among civilizations and make cultural exchanges become the lubricant and softener that can resolve differences, consolidate consensus, enhance mutual trust, and deepen cooperation. We shall also draw nutrient and wisdom from different civilizations and jointly seek solutions to issues surrounding global economic governance.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

Communication becomes even more important when problems occur and the value of dialogue tells itself when there are differences. With the theme of global economic governance, this Dialogue has entailed wide, in-depth and frank exchanges and has realized the goal of provoking thoughts, inspiring wisdom, pooling consensus and promoting cooperation. The role of the Dialogue has been fully recognized, and many delegates expressed willingness to join in future dialogues. As the host of the Dialogue, we are ready to work with all of you to ensure the continuation and success of the Dialogue. Here I'd like to raise a few proposals for your reference.

First, we are committed to building the CPC in Dialogue with the World into an important window for the world to understand China. China's remarkable development achievement has been made under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Without the CPC there would be no achievement of today's China. We often say that the key for success in China is the Party. Similarly, the key to understand China is the Party. Understanding of the CPC is crucial for understanding of and engagement with China. The CPC in Dialogue with the World is one such initiative. We would like to continue using this platform to introduce to the world the information of the CPC in exploring China's path, enriching China's theories and improving China's institutions, to explain to the world the historic background and logic of the day of the CPC's adherence to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and to showcase to the world the open mind and responsibility of China as a responsible major country.

Second, we are committed to building the CPC in Dialogue with the World into an important platform for political parties to look at the world. There are so many deep-seated problems in the world. The international community shows strong interest on how the CPC looks at the world and the stands and propositions of political parties on various issues. We are willing to ride on the trends of the time and development such as world multi-polarization and economic globalization and embrace cultural diversity and information application in the society, give further play to the Dialogue's advantages of flexibility in ways of communication, wide spectrum of topics, and frankness and depth of communication. We hope to widen and deepen cooperation and work hard to build the Dialogue into a high-level platform of political dialogues for political parties and organizations of different countries to enhance communication and promote cooperation on key international and regional issues. This Dialogue focuses on the topic of global economic governance, which is the first step towards that direction.

Third, we are committed to building the CPC in Dialogue with the World into an important bridge that facilitates communication and understanding among different cultures. As General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out, civilization, especially thoughts and culture are the soul of a country and a nation. Factors of culture and civilization have in-depth impacts on global economic governance, and are also behind many issues in the world today. Understanding of cultures and civilizations is a must for the world to understand China and for political parties to look at the world. As the most basic political organizations of a country, political parties' rise and fall is closely related to the history, culture and tradition of the country and also bears the country's cultural gene. We hope this Dialogue with the feature of political parties can encompass more cultural perspectives and entail more communication between civilizations so as to ensure that different civilizations can develop and progress through mutual learning and integration, thus making bigger contribution for the noble cause of peace and development of mankind.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

Time flies. We have to say bye-bye although we have a lot more to share with one another. As Li Shangying, the famous poet in Tang Dynasty wrote, "Why don't we chat leisurely under the flickering candles at the western windows, over the good old time we had at Mountain Ba during that rainy day." It describes people's wish of meeting again at the earliest possible time. I hope that you can leave with a fond memory of the beauty and charm of the city of Chongqing. I also hope to meet again in the Dialogue next year to continue our talks regarding the trend of world development and to renew our friendship!

Thank you!

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