President praises "Socialism with Chinese characteristics"
President Aleksandar Vucic has praised "Socialism with Chinese characteristics," Beta is reporting, citing his interview for China's Xinhua agency.Source: Beta, Xinhua
Speaking about the upcoming congress of the the Communist Party of China (CPC), Vucic said the party has "managed to create an impressive model of success that fits China's realities."
Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, "the specific model that China created so far has shown so many terrific results," he said.
"Socialism with Chinese characteristics means something very important - that China keeps its independence, its foreign policy and its sovereign state," Vucic said.
According to the Serbian president, China always makes decisions independently and in accordance with international law, while innovation, reform and modernity have become keywords of its progress and prosperity - "and the CPC has led China to successfully implement a lot of difficult reforms in different fields and different social spheres."
"The reason for China's achievements and confidence lies in the CPC's strict self-governance, commitment to reform and sustainable development, promotion of Chinese culture, and contribution to the world," he said.
Vucic also "pointed out that anti-corruption forms the precondition for development and is essential to leading a party of some 89 million members."
CPC members "symbolize the future of all other people" in China and "need to be a role model to all the others," while the CPC's battle against corruption has given significant strength to the party's leadership to show the nation and the world that "China is very resolute" in the rule of law and in bringing higher living standards to the people, Vucic has been quoted as saying.
Xinhua added that the president "pointed out that because of the CPC's development plans China has continued its long stretch of impressive growth, registering 6.9 percent in the first half of the year."
As a result, Europeans' skepticism of the Chinese model has faded away, he noted, and added: "China should stay with something that fits you, that brings you good results, and that is socialism with Chinese characteristics."