China's Peaceful Rise: Speeches of Zheng Bijian 1997-2005 by Bijian Zheng

By Bijian Zheng

While long ago different rising powers have used territorial enlargement or other kinds of aggression on the way to insert themselves into the overseas enviornment, China is taking a distinct street. during this well timed choice of speeches, Zheng Bijian, one in all China's prime thinkers on ideological questions, examines "China's peaceable rise," addressing one of the most complicated matters China faces because it emerges right into a speedily altering international order. those speeches mirror Zheng's enterprise feel that the teachings of historical past call for that China pursue a good, peaceable overseas setting as a primary precedence. one of these technique won't purely support gentle China's rise—it also will translate China's successes into advantages for different nations to boot. those speeches are worthy examining not just for the energy in their rules, but in addition for a better knowing of the political and coverage constraints and possibilities in kin with China. they assist us start to solution the the most important query that informs these kinds of speeches: How may still we predict approximately China?

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Lastly, China is not the only country that is rising peacefully. As we enter the twenty-first century, we are happy to see that a number of countries are following suit by different means, with different models, and at different paces. At the same time, the developed countries are further developing themselves. There is a new trend of peace and development in the world today. I believe we should all welcome this trend. 43 9725-7 zheng txt 8/18/05 10:59 AM Page 44 We Should Welcome It Interview with Ye Xiaoshen, writer, September 10, 2004 bo’ao is a very good occasion Ye Xiaoshen: The theory of China’s peaceful rise was proposed by you at the last annual conference of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia.

Our biggest achievement is to have realized that peace and rise, which look quite contradictory, can actually be integrated. In the past, the rise of a big power often involved toppling the international order and threatening peace. China breaks this rule. While seeking a peaceful international environment to ensure our development, we are safeguarding world peace through our own development. How do we manage to integrate peace and rise? If there is any secret formula, it is that we have blazed a trail by building our own socialism with Chinese characteristics, 30 while engaging in, rather than isolating ourselves from, economic globalization.

Admittedly, over the past years China’s reform and opening up have been anything but smooth sailing. We have faced many tests. The Chinese people, however, have never wavered in their resolve to embrace the new path for peaceful rise. In today’s China, therefore, reform, liberalization, and peaceful development are deeply rooted in the way of life and in the culture, which in turn has created a secure environment for China’s strategic path for peaceful rise. Beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, certain Asian countries and regions have become the most dynamic areas in the world 9725-7 zheng txt 8/18/05 10:59 AM Page 19 China’s in terms of socioeconomic development.

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