“The most important thing for any country is to modernize itself and hence command its own destiny” – this was stated by Professor Jin Canrong, Professor and Associate Dean at the School of International Studies, Renmin University, Beijing during his address at a China Cultural Center in Pakistan on “China’s Foreign strategy and Policy and International Relations in the 21st Century.” The talk was organised by the China Cultural Center in Pakistan .Distinguish Guest Mr. You Yi, the Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Director General PNCA Jamal shah and Mr.umer jaan graced the occasion.
Speaking about China’s foreign policy and strategy, Professor Canrong said that the secret behind the rise of the West is that western countries command the manufacturing industry. Presently, China has the largest manufacturing industry in the world- it surpassed the United States in 2010. The role of China’s great revolution is significant as the social structure in the country has changed – the society is more egalitarian, he noted, which is also a requirement of a machine-based society.
He went on to explain how any new country experiences three stages: survival, development and dignity. For China the Mao Zedong era was vying for the survival of New China (PRC), and the Deng Xiaoping era was focused on pursuing economic development. Currently, the Xi Jinping era is seeking dignity by shaping a major power strategy with Chinese characteristics and embracing a new identity from a regional power to a world power. China’s foreign policy framework has always encompassed big powers, its neighborhood, the developing world and international organizations. In the present era it also includes public diplomacy, global governance and protecting overseas interests.