Singaporean expert on international issues Kishore Mahbubani once compared the 193 countries of the world in the pre-globalization era to 193 separated boats, when there were rules to make sure boats did not collide.
However, in today’s era of globalization, where interconnectivity is rising, people in the world now live in separate 193 cabins of one single boat. Once a cabin catches fire, all the people should get out of their cabins for fire extinction.
This metaphor reminds us a term – a community with a shared future for mankind.
The vision to build a community with a shared future for mankind is a Chinese plan for solving major problems concerning the future of mankind. The vision has been incorporated into a U.N. Security Council resolution and is increasingly becoming a consensus of the international society.
According to a survey by the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies, China International Publishing Group, over 60 per cent of foreign respondents believe the vision bears positive meaning for the governance of individuals, countries and the world.
In March 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, calling on the international society to build a community of common destiny in which everyone has in himself a few others.
“Openness and inclusiveness have made Geneva a center of multilateral diplomacy. We should advance democracy in international relations and reject dominance by just one or several countries. All countries should jointly shape the future of the world, write international rules, manage global affairs and ensure that development outcomes are shared by all,” Xi said in a keynote speech delivered at the United Nations Office at Geneva in January 2017.
The traditional Chinese culture is not the only one that bears the wisdom to build a community with a shared future for mankind. Similar wisdom is seen in multiple civilizations around the world. For instance, Aristotle once said that mankind must live in harmonious, and cosmopolitanism was proposed by European scholars during the Age of Enlightenment.
Under the background of economic globalization, people’s interests are intertwined and interdependent. A community with a shared future is gradually taking shape among all countries in this world composed of different cultures, races, skin colors and religions.
Though peace and development remain the underlying trends of our times, mankind is still facing increasingly more challenges and risks such as sluggish economic growth, haunting financial crisis, widening development gap, Cold War mentality and power politics. Non-traditional security threats including terrorism, refugee crisis, major infectious diseases and climate change are also on a rise, while isolationism and populism are worshipped by a few countries.
The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year sounded an alarm for us that no country alone can address the many challenges facing mankind, and no country can afford to retreat into self-isolation.
The core connotation of building a community with a shared future for mankind is favoring peace over wars, development over poverty, cooperation over confrontation and win-win results over win-lose situations.
Over the past eight years, China has taken firm steps toward the grand vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
–It has taken an active part in UN peacemaking operations, promoted all parties to solve global and regional hotspot issues through dialogues, and proactively responded to global challenges such as climate change.
Apart from building bilateral communities with a shared future with multiple countries, it also promoted building a neighbourhood community with a shared future and an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future.
Besides, China is also advocating to build a community with a shared future in cyberspace, a community with a shared future for nuclear safety, a maritime community with a shared future and a global community of health for all.
The country established a series of multilateral cooperation platforms to inject new impetus into inclusive and interconnected development, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, and the China International Import Expo.
Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, China actively responded to the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN. It provided $50 million for the WHO, offered material aid for over 150 countries and international organizations, and exported medical materials to more than 200 countries and regions.
On top of that, China has assisted other developing countries with 180 poverty reduction projects, 118 agricultural cooperation projects, 178 aid-for-trade projects, 103 projects on ecological conservation and climate change, 134 hospitals and clinics, and 123 educational and vocational training institutes.
Today, China is contributing nearly 30 percent annually to global growth. It has lifted over 800 million Chinese people out of poverty and contributed more than 70 percent to global poverty reduction.
Given these facts and figures, anyone respecting truths shall admit that the success of the Communist Party of China is not only significant for the Chinese people and Chinese nation, but also bears practical and historical significance for the whole world.
British scholar Martin Jacques, a professor at Cambridge University, said that China has provided a new possibility, that is, abandoning the law of the jungle, hegemonism and power politics and the zero-sum game and replacing them with win-win cooperation and co-construction and sharing. This is an unprecedented pioneering work and a great creation to change the world.