An Indian Sinologist has attributed the growth story of China to the resolve of its leaders to advance reforms, its quick adjustment to global trends, implementation of people-oriented mega projects, and innovative thinking.
After the founding of the People’s Republic of China 70 years ago, the Asian country has achieved milestones in such areas as health, education, science and technology, which laid a solid foundation for the reform and opening-up starting in 1978, said B. R. Deepak, Chairperson at the Center of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies at the New Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru University, in a recent interview.
China has since played a constructive role in international affairs, Deepak said, noting that it emerged as an epitome of the freedom struggle across Asia and Africa and that such ideas of international relations as peaceful coexistence, equality and multi-polarity were adopted by many countries.
“I see China as the largest country to have sustained the fastest ever economic growth from the liberalisation or globalisation in the shortest possible time in the entire history of mankind,” he said.
The most striking change is the enhancement of China’s comprehensive national strength as its gross domestic product ranks the second-highest in the world, along with its strides in building infrastructure, including the high-speed railway, alleviating poverty, urbanisation, and developing new technologies, the sinologist said.
“In fact, these are some of the achievements that have left an indelible impression,” Deepak said. “I have witnessed these with my own eyes. China of yesteryear when everyone wore blue clothes has transformed into an extremely competitive global consumer market, manufacturing, consuming and exporting leading global brands from clothes to cars.”
As China is expected to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, “I believe in this context, the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, and the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will unleash new productive forces and take China’s reforms, poverty alleviation and urbanisation to new heights,” Deepak said.
On the diplomatic front, through meetings like the Boao Forum for Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the Belt & Road Forum for International Cooperation, and the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, China has made its voice heard globally, and strengthened mutual trust and economic cooperation, he said.
“Undoubtedly, it is the sweat and blood of the people of China that is behind the Chinese growth story,” he said, noting that the growth is made possible also by the bold reforms advanced by Chinese leaders.
“I am sure China will continue to surprise the world,” Deepak said.