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An Interview with H.E. Ambassador Wang Lixin by Maldivian Media on the 20th CPC National Congress

Q: On 22nd October, the much-anticipated 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully concluded with worldwide attention. What is the significance of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China to the CPC and China?

A: The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is an event of great importance. It takes place at a critical time as the entire Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups embark on a new journey to build China into a modern socialist country in all respects and advance toward the Second Centenary Goal. It is a congress of holding high our banner, pooling our strength and forging ahead in unity. The Congress, holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and fully implementing the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, analyzed the international and domestic situation, reviewed the work of the past five years and the great changes of the new era decade, and explained the Chinese characteristics, essential requirements, and other important issues in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of our times and taking a Chinese path to modernization. The Congress has made major strategic plans for taking China on a new journey toward building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts, clearly defined the course and action guide for advancing the cause of the Party and the country in the New Era and on the new journey toward the Second Centenary Goal. The report to the Congress is a political manifesto and a guide for action for the Communist Party of China to bring Chinese people together to secure a new victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is also a programmatic document of Marxism.

Q: What do you think is the most important achievement of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China?

A: The most important achievement of this Congress is that it has elected the new leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, which promotes and practices democracy throughout the process and reflects the common aspiration of the whole Party and the whole nation, establishing Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole and establishing the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. World history has repeatedly proven that a strong leadership core and scientifically advanced theories are the key to a country’s development and growth. With President Xi Jinping continuing to steer the ship and with the correct guidance of Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we will certainly be able to achieve the development strategies and goals established at the 20th CPC National Congress.

Q: How does the 20th CPC National Congress review the work carried out in the past five years and the great changes in the past decade and in New Era China?

A: The five years since the 19th National Congress have been truly momentous and extraordinary. The Party Central Committee has pursued a strategy of national rejuvenation amid global changes of a magnitude unseen in a century. It has rallied the people and led them in solving a great number of problems that had long gone unsolved, securing many accomplishments that hold major future significance, and achieving impressive advances in the cause of the Party and the country.

Ten years have passed since the Party’s 18th National Congress. The past decade marked three major events of great immediate importance and profound historical significance for the cause of the Party and the people: We embraced the centenary of the Communist Party of China; we ushered in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics; and we eradicated absolute poverty and finished building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, thus completing the First Centenary Goal. These were historic feats—feats accomplished by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese people striving in unity, feats that will be forever recorded in the Chinese nation’s history, and feats that will profoundly influence the world.

Q: Over the past hundred years, the CPC has successfully led the Chinese people in making great development achievements. What’s the secret to its success?

A: Marxism is the fundamental guiding ideology upon which our Party and our country are founded and thrive. Our experience has taught us that, at the fundamental level, we owe the success of our Party and socialism with Chinese characteristics to the fact that Marxism works, particularly when it is adapted to the Chinese context and the needs of our times. Since the 18th National Congress, the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has been committed to integrating the basic tenets of Marxism with China’s specific realities and fine traditional culture, and has put forward a series of new ideas, new thinking, and new strategies on national governance, and has achieved a new breakthrough in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of our times. Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the Marxism of contemporary China and of the 21st century. It embodies the best of the Chinese culture and ethos in our times.

The historic achievements and historic shifts China has made over the past decade fully demonstrate the strong power of truth and great power of practice of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.

Q: What is the mission and task of the CPC on the New Journey of the New Era?

A: The 20th CPC National Congress clearly states that from this day forward, the central task of the Communist Party of China will be to lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to realize the Second Centenary Goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects and to advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization.

To build China into a great modern socialist country in all respects, we have adopted a two-step strategic plan: Basically realize socialist modernization from 2020 through 2035, and build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful from 2035 through the middle of this century.

Q: Could you please describe what kind of modernization the 20th CPC National Congress proposed as Chinese modernization refers to?

A:Chinese modernization is socialist modernization pursued under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. It contains elements that are common to the modernization processes of all countries, but it is more characterized by features that are unique to the Chinese context. It is the modernization of a huge population, the modernization of common prosperity for all, the modernization of material and cultural-ethical advancement, the modernization of harmony between humanity and nature, and the modernization of peaceful development.

The essential requirements of Chinese modernization are as follows: upholding the leadership of the Communist Party of China and socialism with Chinese characteristics, pursuing high-quality development, developing whole-process people’s democracy, enriching the people’s cultural lives, achieving common prosperity for all, promoting harmony between humanity and nature, building a human community with a shared future, and creating a new form of human advancement.

In short, Chinese modernization is rooted in China and oriented to the world, expanding the way to modernization for developing countries and providing a Chinese solution for humanity to explore better social systems, and offering a new choice for mankind to realize modernization.

Q: How will the new CPC Central Committee leadership lead the Chinese people to realize the Second Centenary Goal and to advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation?

A:President Xi pointed out in the Report to the 20th National Congress that building a modern socialist country in all respects is a great and arduous endeavor. Our future is bright, but we still have a long way to go. On the journey ahead, we must firmly adhere to the following major principles:upholding and strengthening the Party’s overall leadership, following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, applying a people-centered development philosophy, remaining committed to deepening reform and opening up, and carrying forward our fighting spirit. All of us in the Party must forge ahead with confidence and determination; proactively identify, respond to, and steer changes and prevent and defuse risks; and keep on striving to secure new successes in building a modern socialist China in all respects.

On October 23rd, President Xi Jinping, who was elected general secretary of the 20th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at its first plenary session, together with members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee elected at the session, met with Chinese and foreign journalists in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
On behalf of the CPC’s new central leadership, President Xi stressed, “On the journey ahead, we shall always keep an enterprising spirit. For our part, we must forge ahead with resolve and take on more responsibility. We must show greater historical initiative in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of the times, write new chapters in developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era and strive hard to achieve the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.”

President Xi stressed, “For the people, relying on the people, is the position that the Communist Party of China will continue to uphold. We have relied closely on the people and made great major achievements. Looking to the future, we still have to rely on the people to create new historical feats. We will always maintain close ties with the people, stand with them through good times and bad, and continue working tirelessly to realize their aspirations for a better life.”

President Xi highlighted, “We must always promote the party’s self-reform. Confronted with new challenges and tests on the journey ahead, we must remain on high alert and stay sober-minded and prudent like a student sitting for a never-ending exam. We must not hold our steps in exercising for a vigorous intraparty governance. We must make sure that our century-old Party, the biggest in the world, will become ever more vigorous through self-reform and continue to be the strong backbone that the Chinese people can lean on at all times.”

Q: What impact will the 20th CPC National Congress have on the world?

A: As President Xi pointed out, today’s world is facing unprecedented challenges. China has always maintained that the future destiny of mankind should be grasped and decided by the peoples of the world. As long as we walk together, all countries will be able to live in harmony, cooperate and win together to create a better future for the world. Together with all peoples, we will promote the common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom for all humankind, safeguard world peace, promote world development and continue to promote the building of a community of human destiny.

Just as China cannot develop in isolation from the world, the world needs China for its development. Through over 40 years of relentless reform and opening-up, we have created the twin miracles of fast economic growth and long-term social stability. The Chinese economy has great resilience, potential and latitude. Its strong fundamentals will not change, and it will remain on a positive trajectory over the long run. China will open its door wider to the outside world. We will be steadfast in deepening reform and opening up across the board and in pursuing high-quality development. A prosperous China will create many more opportunities for the world.

The success of the 20th CPC National Congress has sounded a clarion call for China to embark on a new journey and injected new impetus into the development of China-Maldives relations in the new era. Taking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to continue the traditional China-Maldives friendship, China is willing to work with the Maldives to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, strengthen people-to-people exchanges, enhance multilateral collaboration, and accelerate the implementation of the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. Holding dear humanity’s shared values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom, we’ll build a brighter future for China-Maldives relations!

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Maldives-USAID discusses enhancing existing cooperation

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Maldives and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has held discussions on enhancing existing cooperation. The discussions were held as part of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s ongoing visit to the United States.

As part of his visit to the U.S., Minister Zameer met with the Administrator of USAID Samantha Power.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the productive meeting saw discussions on enhancing existing cooperation. Furthermore, the minister conveyed gratitude for the ongoing support through USAID. The minister and the Administrator held discussions on future endeavours.

Minister Zameer is currently in Washington. In addition to the USAID Administrator, Zameer will be meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, where he will hold discussions on bilateral cooperation between the Maldives and the United States.

In addition to this, Minister Zameer will participate in an interactive discussion at the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations. He will also engage with the Maldivian community in Washington D.C., fostering stronger ties with expatriates.

Following his engagement in Washington D.C., Minister Zameer will travel to New York City. Here, he will meet with the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Li Junhua. These discussions aim to bolster the Maldives’ collaboration with the UN on various global and regional issues.

Minister Zameer’s itinerary in New York also includes meetings with local tour operators and travel advisors to promote tourism to the Maldives. Additionally, he will connect with the Maldivian communities residing in New York and New Jersey to discuss their concerns and strengthen community relations. The minister’s official visit to the United States which began on June 24, aims to strengthen the Maldives-US partnership and reaffirm commitment to multilateralism through meetings with senior US government and United Nations officials. He is scheduled to conclude the trip on June 27.

Accompanying Minister Zameer on this official visit are Secretary for Bilateral Affairs Dr. Hala Hameed and Senior Undersecretary Hassan Hussain Shihab.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President decides to seek parliament approval to sign Samoa Agreement

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has decided to submit the text of the Samoa Agreement with the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) for parliamentary approval.

He made the decision at the recommendation of his cabinet following deliberations on a paper submitted by the Foreign Minister at yesterday’s meeting.

The Samoa Agreement is the overarching framework for EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and focuses on six key priority areas to tackle the main challenges over the next two decades. They include human rights, democracy, and governance; peace and security; human and social development; inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development; environmental sustainability and climate change; and migration and mobility.

Maldives, by signing the agreement and becoming a full member of OACPS, would be able to access the opportunities provided by the European Union across different sectors more easily.

The President’s Office states these opportunities would also lead to better prices for Maldivian fisheries products when exported internationally.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Blinken presses Israeli defense minister on avoiding further escalation

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday urged Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to swiftly devise a strong post-war strategy for Gaza and to ensure that tensions with Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border do not escalate further.

A State Department statement following the meeting noted that Blinken briefed Gallant on ongoing diplomatic efforts to advance security, governance and reconstruction in Gaza post-conflict, emphasizing the critical importance of these efforts for Israel’s security.

“He also underscored the importance of avoiding further escalation of the conflict and reaching a diplomatic resolution that allows both Israeli and Lebanese families to return to their homes,” the State Department added.

The viability of a U.S.-backed proposal to wind down the 8-month-long conflict in Gaza has been cast into doubt after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would only be willing to agree to a “partial” ceasefire deal that would not end the war, comments that sparked an uproar from families of hostages held by Hamas.

Netanyahu’s comments stood in sharp contrast to the outlines of the deal detailed late last month by U.S. President Joe Biden, who framed the plan as an Israeli one and which some in Israel refer to as “Netanyahu’s deal.” His remarks could further strain Israel’s ties to the U.S., its top ally, which launched a major diplomatic push for the latest ceasefire proposal, the AP reported.

Hamas has insisted it will not release the remaining hostages unless there’s a permanent ceasefire and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. When Biden announced the latest proposal, he said it included both.

But Netanyahu says Israel is still committed to destroying Hamas’ military and governing capabilities, and ensuring it can never again carry out an October 7-style assault. A full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, where Hamas’ top leadership and much of its forces are still intact, would almost certainly leave the group in control of the territory and able to rearm.

In the interview, Netanyahu said the current phase of fighting is ending, setting the stage for Israel to send more troops to its northern border to confront the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, in what could open up a new war front. But he said that didn’t mean the war in Gaza was over.

Casualties rises continuously

At least seven Palestinians were killed and 22 others wounded in an Israeli air strike in Bani Suhaila town in the east of Khan Younis city in southern Gaza, the Hamas-run health authorities said on Monday.

In a press statement sent to Xinhua, the authorities said the casualties were transferred to the European Hospital in Khan Younis.

Palestinian security sources told Xinhua that Israeli warplanes attacked a group of people, mostly “volunteers with Hamas,” who were securing the trucks loaded with humanitarian aid.

There was no immediate comment about the incident from the Israeli army.

On Monday, the health authorities said about 28 Palestinians were killed and 66 others injured by Israeli strikes in various areas of Gaza over the previous 24 hours.

Inability to access aid

Meanwhile, access and security constraints continue to hinder food aid delivery to hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza and the medical evacuation of 10,000 patients, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.

The OCHA said the inability to transport aid commodities from the Kerem Shalom crossing safely and the continued closure of the Rafah crossing compounded the challenges facing aid operations.

The UN body said fewer than half of the 86 coordinated humanitarian missions to northern Gaza planned for this month were facilitated by Israeli authorities. More than a quarter were impeded, 12 percent were denied access and 12 percent were canceled due to logistical, operational or security reasons.

“A humanitarian mission returning to southern Gaza after delivering fuel and medical supplies to Gaza City in the north was delayed for more than 13 hours at an Israeli military checkpoint, putting the convoy in danger of being caught in crossfire,” the office cited as just one example of the challenges in aid delivery. “Planned humanitarian missions requiring coordination to areas in southern Gaza also continue to face impediments and access denials.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 10,000 people need medical evacuations to outside Gaza. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appealed for their sustained medical evacuation and timely passage using all possible routes.

The reconnected U.S.-built pier off the coast of the Gaza Strip cannot supply Palestinians with anywhere near the level of aid they need, the head of the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region said on Monday.

Dr Hanan Balkhy made the remarks after the U.S. military began delivering aid through the floating pier again, after it was suspended for a second time because of rough seas.

“The pier has supported a little bit, but it’s not to the scale that is needed by any stretch of the imagination,” Balkhy told the AP in an interview. “So we need to emphasize on the land routes to ensure the amount and the quantity and the efficiency.”

The organization says that since Israel launched its ground operation into Rafah, aid delivery has declined by 67 percent, with over 50 WHO trucks stuck on the Egyptian side of the crossing into the southern city. Meanwhile, just three trucks were allowed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Source(s): CGTN

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