June 14, 2015

'Understanding the CPC' series, a must-read for understanding China: People's Daily Online, June 03, 2015


 
Chinese consul general in New York Zhang Qiyue speaks at the premiere of "China Today: Understanding the Communist Party of China(CPC)" book series in New York, the United States, on May 28, 2015. (Xinhua Photo)
On May 28, at the recent Book Expo America (BEA) held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, the English edition of "China Today: Understanding the CPC" series was launched.

As the first of three series of books in the "China Today" collection, "Understanding the CPC" gives an accurate description of the domestic and foreign policies of the CPC in response to concerns from the international community.

This is the first time that China has been invited to attend the world's largest book fair as a guest of honor. The launch ceremony attracted a large number of media, readers, famous libraries and research institutions in the United States.

In recent years, there have been more and more seminars involving China and the Communist Party of China (CPC) among think tanks in Washington, which shows that it would be impossible to develop relations with China without understanding the the CPC .

However, US interest in China is beset with confusion and misunderstanding. Even today, the "Communist Party of China" is a term misinterpreted and even demonized by some American politicians and media outlets, which affects the public's awareness and understanding of the CPC. With Sino-US relations becoming increasingly important, it is the right time to make the "Understanding the CPC" series available in the United Sates.

President Zhao Fan of the Party Building Books Publishing House said that the aim of the series is to explain today’s China to its readers, explain why the CPC has the support of the Chinese people, explain how the CPC led the Chinese people to overcome one challenge after another in achieving the "China miracle", and to explain issues like China's fight against corruption and others.

"To understand China, it is necessary to understand the CPC", said Robert Lawrence Kuhn, the US author and China expert.

If the world does not understand the CPC, it is the CPC's responsibility to open itself up, said doctoral student Allen at Columbia University. Similarly, he said, if you want to understand the United States, you need to know about the White House, Congress, Democrats and Republicans. You need to understand their thinking, ideas, and operational mechanisms if you are to understand their policy direction.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn took the view that by understanding the CPC, you will have more respect for China's achievements. Many people do not understand in particular its role transition from a "revolutionary party" to a "ruling party". At present, China is at an important stage of development and the result will affect the entire world. Understanding the CPC is the only way to understand China's current situation and predict its future.

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute stated that the Chinese people chose the CPC as the ruling party of China. The outside world is interested in the road taken or foreign policies carried out by the China's new leadership. Many practical problems including economic growth, environmental pollution, corruption and social stability are testing the capabilities and policies of the new leadership. Therefore, to understand China's domestic and foreign policy, it is necessary to understand the CPC's concerns, ruling ideas and thinking.
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This article was edited and translated from 《“解读中国共产党”系列图书走进美国主流社会》, source: People's Daily

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