We must acknowledge that the past, present and future are linked. One can deal with issues today and be better prepared for the future by looking into the past. It truly helps. There is no doubt that the study of history matters so much. Communist Party of China (CPC), the world's biggest Marxist ruling party, when founded in 1921, made it the Party's founding mission to seek happiness for the Chinese people and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
Today, China has emerged as the world's second-largest economy and built a prosperous society with the world's largest middle-income population. The remarkable changes in China, once a poor country, came under the CPC leadership. China looks confident under the CPC leadership. Chinese President and general secretary of the CPC Central Committee has stressed bearing in mind the course of the Party's struggles, shouldering historic mission and drawing strength from the Party's history to forge ahead.
“No matter how far we have travelled, we shall never forget the past, and never forget why we started our journey in the first place,” Xi, also chairman of the Central Military Commission, told his fellow CPC members, urging them again and again to stay true to the Party's founding mission.
The Communist Party of China will soon celebrate its centenary. Over the past 100 years, the Party has managed to maintain its dynamism through continuous self-reform. That is something like a hallmark of the CPC and definitely one of its greatest strengths. The party has the advanced nature and purity of a Marxist political party. It has fostered an "iron army" with conviction, competence and discipline since its founding in 1921.
Today, it needs to be recognised that China has achieved a crucial victory against Covid-19. Certainly, it has set an example for the international community. It has strengthened the confidence of people all over the world. We, like the people in other parts of the world, got panicked when the disease first hit Wuhan. Nobody knew how to deal with it properly and what would be the consequences. But China has been able to conquer the deadly virus thanks to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and its great fighting spirit.
As the year 2021 marks the birth centenary of the CPC, China needs to promote global economic recovery and defend peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom which are shared values of humanity apart from leading the Chinese people to work relentlessly to fight the pandemic.
We must say the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, unseen in a century, is a global challenge. If we look back and see the past experiences, we will surely get the reminder that only through cooperation within the international community, we can achieve victory. If we look at Bangladesh, we must say so far Bangladesh has managed the pandemic wonderfully though challenges are there.
Our two friends – India and China - have stood beside us since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. It gives us the confidence to say that with the joint efforts of the people and government of Bangladesh and with the help of the international community, Bangladesh will defeat the Covid-19.
In May and June, the government of China gifted 11 lakh doses of vaccine to Bangladesh. The gifted vaccines are produced by Sinopharm Beijing, a subsidiary of China National Biotech Group. The World Health Organisation listed the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the first non-Western vaccine qualified for global roll-out. In fact, the Sinopharm vaccine has already been recognised and used in over 50 countries and regions globally for quite some time. Bangladesh and China are now in discussion to procure vaccine doses from China to meet Bangladesh’s needs.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus last year, Bangladesh and China have come a long way in the common fight against the pandemic. China gratefully remembers that when China was hit the hardest by the virus, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent a letter of condolence to President Xi Jinping on February 13th 2020, and she directed the Foreign and Health Ministries to donate medical supplies badly needed in China that included 1 million gloves, 5 million masks, 100 thousand hand sanitizers and tens of thousand pieces of surgical attire.On May 20 in 2020, President Xi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a telephone conversation, during which the bilateral consensus on fighting the pandemic was further consolidated at the highest level. On March 17th this year, President Xi sent a video message on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman against the backdrop of the persisting pandemic. It is, as Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming says, evidence that the bond between the two countries will not buckle under whatever challenges the two countries face.
China is a big partner of Bangladesh on the economic front. There is much that both countries can achieve together contributing to regional development. At the same time, China, under the CPC leadership, needs to do more on improving the country's capacity for engaging in international communication to present a true, multi-dimensional and panoramic view of China. It is extremely important for China to make a drive to improve the country's international communication. It will help develop a voice in international discourse. We must remember that only by multilateral engagement and working together, we can see a better world. CPC has a greater role to play towards a better world, a better future.
The writer is City and Diplomatic Affairs Editor at the Daily Sun