The citizens of China today celebrated the 62nd anniversary of independence.
China is ruled by the Communist Party of China (CPC), whose power is enshrined in China’s constitution. The political system is very decentralized with limited democratic processes internal to the party, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of China.
“From the official state visit of President Hu Jintao in January, to the very successful third round of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue in Washington in May, the United States has shown a deep commitment to this important relationship.” -Ms. Clinton
She highlighted that both countries are seizing this moment in history and developing the positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship envisioned by our presidents. She stressed that the United States is committed to the success of China, because a thriving China is good for America and a thriving America is good for China. She noted that Americans and Chinese people are known for their hard work and ingenuity. She said it is clear that by working together they can find solutions to their most pressing global challenges.
“On this 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, whether you celebrate with family, friends, or loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend. I hope all Chinese people everywhere have a safe and joyous holiday.” -Ms. Clinton
China’s current foreign policy is reportedly based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence of Zhou Enlai – non-interference in other states’ affairs, non-aggression, peaceful coexistence, equality and mutual benefits. Its foreign policy is also driven by the concept of “harmony without uniformity”, which encourages diplomatic relations between states despite ideological differences.