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Wang Yi: Take the future in our own hands and
strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation

On September 24th local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a keynote speech at a dinner co-hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations, US-China Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce and Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Wang Yi said that in recent history, China conducted much exploration in pursuit of development, including importing the Western system. But all the hard trials ended in failure because none was in accordance with the country's specific conditions and needs. It was not until later that the Communist Party of China, by combining Marxism with China's national reality, found a path leading to prosperity of the country and happiness of its people. That is the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The past seven decades have proven that this is the correct path. It has also gained the universal endorsement and firm support of the Chinese people. Polls by multiple foreign institutions show that China enjoys the highest domestic support rate in its social system and development path among all the countries surveyed. If it is a successful path, why should we change course? If it enjoys the people's support, why should we give it up? Is there any other system in the world that could enable China, such a vast country with complicated conditions, to maintain unity and stability, and become an important pillar for world peace and security? Is there any other path that could enable the 1.4 billion Chinese people to get out of poverty, build a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and make major contributions to human progress while creating a miracle of national development? As a country with 5,000 years of history, China will not let floating clouds block its vision. We will maintain strategic composure and cultural confidence. We will not be subject to the influence or manipulation of others and will unswervingly follow the path and direction we have chosen. We will always take the future of our country and nation in our own hands and strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

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