Jointly building a community of shared future for all humankind

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The world is facing serious dilemmas in its push for further growth, such as insufficient impetus to drive economic growth, the gap between rich and poor, prevalence of protectionism, and global governance that needs to be improved. The questions remains: How to work together to promote common prosperity and inject new impetus to boost sustained economic growth?

"In promoting mutually beneficial cooperation, we should raise awareness on building a community of shared future for all humankind. A country should accommodate the legitimate concerns of others when pursuing its own interests; and it should promote common development of all countries when advancing its own. Countries should establish a new type of global development partnership that is more equitable and balanced, stick together in times of difficulty, share all rights as well as shoulder all obligations, and boost the common interests of humankind." This is quoted from the report adopted by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in November 2012, which attracted the world's attention.

An increasingly clear notion

"It is a world where countries are linked with and dependent on one another at a level never seen before. Humankind, by living in the same global village within the same time and space where history and reality meet, has increasingly emerged as an intimate community of shared future," said Chinese President Xi Jinping. He first made the remarks about sharing with the world China's perspective on the future development of human civilization in his speech delivered at Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his first overseas trip after becoming China's president in March 2013.

Xi Jinping delivers the speech, "Working Together to Create a New Mutually Beneficial Partnership and Community of Shared Future for All Humankind" at the General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28, 2015. [Photo/China Today] 

The response from international society showed that Xi's understanding of the future development of the whole world and human society is "far-sighted." The concept of building a community of shared future for all humankind has struck a chord with the rest of the world.

In a series of conferences and major events in the ensuing years, Xi Jinping has expounded on the notion repeatedly. All the remarks he has made and what he has called for over the past five years, including "an intimate community where everyone is interlinked," "there is only one Earth in the universe and we, humankind, have only one homeland," "foster a keen sense of a global community of shared future," "let the awareness of a community of common destiny take root in the neighboring countries," "create and fulfill an Asia-Pacific dream," and "move towards a community of common destiny and a new future for Asia," have made the concept of "building a community of shared future for all humankind" a global notion that has surpassed national boundaries and the constraints of nationality and ideology. China's influence on regional cooperation and global governance has been expanded from merely an institutional aspect to a spiritual level.

On May 18, 2015, People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the CPC, published an article by Guo Jiping, to elaborate on the concept of "a community of shared future for all humankind." The article pointed out that China has expressed its wish for peaceful development through this global notion that has surpassed the constraints of nationality and ideology.

The article, entitled "Promise of a Better Future for the World," noted that there are divergences and conflicts when pursuing different state interests, religious beliefs, ideologies, and social systems. However, we are all humans, and people are the subject of any historical activity. Countries with different beliefs, systems, and ethnic groups could coexist peacefully and compete with each other equally and in an orderly fashion, so that the common interests outweigh divergences and confrontations and the people can rationally decide the future of the world.

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