General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain Robert Griffiths spoke highly of China’s achievements in the past 70 years and the Belt & Road Initiative. Griffiths said that the founding of the People’s Republic of China brought stability and development that benefited the hundreds of millions of Chinese people.

“The Chinese themselves refer to it as the country standing up, instead of being weighed down by foreign intervention and foreign domination, and so on. So it marked independence, but it also marked the beginning of China’s development as a modern civilised society,” said Griffiths.

Griffiths also said that China has achieved a lot in poverty reduction.

“Well, I think it was the World Bank that described the lifting of 600 million people out of poverty between 1978 and the 1990s as one of greatest feats in human history. So the transformation that was brought about as a result of the reform and opening-up policy is undeniable and has to be recognised around the world,” said Griffiths.

When talking the Belt & Road Initiative, Griffiths said that it may be the great transformative development of the 21st century.

“I am incredibly encouraged and quite excited by the vision. It’s part and parcel of China and its leadership. Recognising the inter-independence of countries, China wishes to share its new found wealth, its new found capacity for economic development and growth. It talked about some of poorest parts of the world.

They need that quality of development as well. And certainly, every thing indicates that the Belt & Road Initiative can play a very very important role in that. It could be one of the great transformative developments of the 21st century,” said Griffiths.