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    The Peaceful Rise of China

    Written by: Ismail Umar - Posted on: September 30, 2015 | Post your comment here Comments | 中文 (Chinese)

    Google Translation: اُردو | 中文

    Rise of China

    (l-r) Chairman Mao, Deng Xiaoping and President Xi Jinping

    The National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is celebrated every year on October 1st throughout the country with a variety of festivities organized by the Chinese government. These include musical concerts, fireworks, and celebratory decorations in prominent public places such as Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This is accompanied by the public display of the portraits of renowned leaders such as the Chinese Communist leader and founder of the People’s Republic of China, Chairman Mao Zedong.

    Chairman Mao declares the establishment of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949

    Chairman Mao declares the establishment of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949

    On October 1st, 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under Chairman Mao’s leadership, officially declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China after finally defeating the Nationalist Party of Kuomintang (KMT), whose popular support had plummeted due to years of mismanagement and corruption. This was a major, transformative event, not just in Chinese history but for the whole world, and is considered by Marxists as one of the greatest events in human history. Widely recognized as the world’s first communist peasant revolution, it finally brought an end to the full-blown civil war between the Communists and Nationalists which had been ongoing since World War II. The establishment of the PRC also brought an end to the instability and disorder which had been continuing since the Chinese Revolution of 1911.

    Since the revolution of 1949, China has made great strides, particularly after launching its policy of Reform and Opening up in 1979. Within one generation, 500 million of its people have been lifted out of poverty. China’s emergence as the largest economy, that will overtake the USA in terms of the GDP, is imminent. The peaceful rise of China, reinforced by the Silk Road initiative, is connecting China to energy-rich Russia and Central Asia, and providing them an outlet to the Indian Ocean through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. China’s role in the region is transformational, and it is going to result in a paradigm shift in the center of economic, cultural and political power from the west to the east.

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