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China says it provides aid to Caribbean with no strings attached

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 9:50 AM
Hua Chunying - CMC photo

BEIJING, China, CMC – China has no interest in imposing its development model on other nations, like those in the Caribbean, for which it provides aid but it does believe it can offer lessons for those countries, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official.

Addressing foreign journalists gathered in Beijing for celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Director-General of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying said the Asian nation “will never be as keen as some countries to engage in ideological export or model replication”.

President of the China Public Diplomacy Association Wu Hailong, further sought to assure that “no matter how much China develops, we will not pose a threat to others”.

Chunying, addressing a media forum of developing countries under the theme, ‘China in My Eyes: 70 Years of Impressions and Reflections’, said that the country’s achievements over the past seven decades demonstrate what is possible for all developing nations.

China, despite being the world’s second-largest economy, is still not classified as a developed nation.

The World Bank defines a high-income country – or developed country — by setting the threshold for gross national income (GNI) per capita at US$12,055, but China’ GNI per capita, although steadily rising, remains below that threshold, at US$9,470 in 2018.

Chunying said China had accomplished what developed countries have done for hundreds of years.

“China has moved from being closed and backward to being open and making progress…and from being poor and weak to leading a moderately prosperous life,” she said, noting that 850 million people have been lifted out of poverty and hundreds of millions of people have entered the middle-income group.

“China has…expanded the path for developing countries to achieve modernisation, and enriched the dreams of people around the world for a better life. Over the past 70 years, China has…become a major driver of global development and an important stabiliser of international peace,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson stressed, adding that this was a result of the hard work, wisdom and courage of the Chinese people.

Journalists present were urged to observe China with an unbiased lens and report objectively on what they saw – a “three-dimensional and comprehensive image of China to the world”, as Hailong put it.

The media forum was held ahead of Tuesday’s National Day celebrations in Tian’anmen Square, Beijing, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

A military parade that is the highlight of the celebrations will see the participation of about 15,000 personnel.

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