Established with aspirations, hopes for prosperity by young students and intellectuals exactly 99 years ago, the Communist Party of China will be celebrating not only its establishment but also the contributions that were made by those who led this revolutionary political movement for modern China.

Formally established and named as Communist Party of China in July 1, 1921, the party was officially founded by Chinese scholars. From only 57 party members back in 1921 with meeting a tourist rented boat East of China’s Zhejiang’s province. CPC is now one of the largest parties with 91 million registered members from across the country. There is so much to be proud of for CPC and a lot to look back and reflect on the achievements and challenges.

As being the largest party and giving few of the finest leaders who had steered the country not only at the national level but also at the international scale as well, CPC has a lot to celebrate. For instance, transforming a war-torn and weak nation into an economy having one of the fastest growth rates that the world has ever witnessed recently especially with recent economic and fastest growth rates in recent decades.

It is also important to note here that from being a follower or a learner, China has become a global leader and contributed immensely in the global economic development, all due to the committed leadership in the ranks of CPC. We have witnessed a soft and peaceful rise of China over all these years with wisdom from the leaders at the CPC that have made the nation to come out of the abject poverty and then look outside the world.

Since the end of the 40 years of reforms and opening-up period is an important part of China’s global foothold and role that the country has played. Even during the testing times, including this pandemic of COVID-19, CPC has not only remained committed to the people’s centric approach and philosophy of leading the people to the development miracles but also made great contributions to the peace and development of mankind, winning the hearts and minds of the people at the global scale.

Another important contribution of CPC over the course of history was to unite the Chinese people into one and made them have one goal, equal rights and having a classless society. CPC has also created tremendous political awareness and understanding among the masses.  Chairman Mao played a critical role in his leadership and wisdom to make people believe in the roles that they can play. The leaders in CPC not only use wisdom quotes and share lift insights but also in a practical manner with personal examples led the nation.

Then Deng Xiaoping in the early 80s brought the revolution in the thinking of the Chinese state when he proposed the transformation and economic reforms. Those steps were instrumental in making China the second-largest economy in the world resulting in the lifting of 800 million people out of poverty. We can well imagine the economic impact of China’s peaceful rise and economic transformation from the fact that as a result of its own economy created rippling effects across the world.

This is a phenomena achievement and nowhere to be seen in the modern history of mankind. Inspired by Zhou Enlai, Deng proclaimed that the country would focus on the Four Modernizations: industry, agriculture, science and technology, and national defense. After Deng and many other important leaders in CPC, the incumbent President Xi Jinping took the seat as the head of the CPC in the 18th national congress meeting.

With the presence of Xi Jinping, there was a new life and new direction to the entire Chinese development course. Along with contributing towards the national ethos and unity in the ranks of the party but also at the national level provided much impetus that was necessary for the country to move ahead with ambitious global plans.

As a result of the increase in wealth and Chinese economic reforms, the period came to the final end with the achievement of the goals that were set, China announced the Belt and Road Initiative, a gigantic and ambitious plan to have a strong network of rails, roads, trains, construction projects including various other important development and economic cooperation with the countries in the region and across the continent.

BRI is not only a land-related project but also there is an important maritime plan as well. As a result of its significant global presence, around 170+ countries across the world are part of this plan, one way or the other. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as an important component of BRI, is not only an epitome of friendship between Pakistan and China but has broadly transformed the entire economic and industrial ecosystem of Pakistan’s landscape.

The impacts of CPEC are visible at the national, regional, and global hence making it one of the most active fulcrums of the larger Belt and Road Initiative of China. Since its inception in 2013, planned to be executed in phases, CPEC has effectively accomplished its first stage wherein the energy and infrastructure projects were successfully implemented and now currently in its important second phase with agriculture and industrial development are few of the important sectors having a primary focus.

Pakistan always values China’s friendship and is rightly termed it as Iron Clad friendship, a model of cooperation for the rest of the world.