The Sunday Mail
Sunday Mail Correspondent
FOLLOWING the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI), China proposes its third significant global plan, the Global Civilisation Initiative (GCI).
The three are important initiatives that China shares with the world in the new era, which will inject strong impetus into advancing humanity’s modernisation process and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
The weak and faltering global economic recovery is now compounded by a widening development gap.
The Cold War mentality wrecks the global peace framework.
Hegemonism, power politics and bullying practices endanger world peace.
Regional security hotspots keep flaring up.
Traditional and non-traditional security threats are entwined.
Theories on the so-called “superiority of certain civilisations” and “clash of civilisations” have returned to the public eye under the hype of Western politicians, intensifying the hatred and divide among civilisations, and hindering international exchange and cooperation.
Facing multiple challenges and crises, humanity’s modernisation process has once again reached the crossroads of history.
In response to the call of the times, the three initiatives are of great immediate importance and practical value in promoting the concerted efforts of different countries and civilisations to address the common challenges faced by the whole world throughout human history.
China’s vision, primarily based on its traditional cultural values, particularly the principles of harmony and equality, emphasises that if one country focuses solely on its own success while its neighbours are left behind, this imbalance could lead to conflicts that ultimately harm all the stakeholders.
The three initiatives, full of Chinese wisdom, focus on three vital aspects of the global power fabric.
They work hand-in-hand to reinforce and complement each other, symbolising the importance of harmony and interconnectedness.
The GDI emphasises inclusiveness, with particular focus on addressing the unique needs of developing countries and resolving issues of unequal and insufficient development, both within and among nations.
The GSI upholds principles of respect for national sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs and the right of all countries to independently choose their development paths and social institutions.
The GCI promotes respect for diverse civilisations and acknowledges their rights to development, and responds effectively to the pressing needs of the international community.
Without true equality and inclusion among civilisations, peace and development will be at risk of being inter-rupted.
The three initiatives offer effective solutions to reduce the burden of conflicts and germinate the seeds of coexistence and a shared future for mankind.
They have rich contents and far-reaching impacts, and are inseparable.
Security is the prerequisite for development, development is the driving force for security, civilisation is the soil for development and security, and development and security are the ways for civilisation to evolve and move forward.
For Zimbabwe and China, there will surely be more overlapping interests and common ground for cooperation under the three initiatives, as more pragmatic projects are carried out, promoting national development and people’s livelihoods in our respective countries and building a community with a shared future for mankind.