The Financial Times published on Friday the main part of a letter from a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Britain that refutes the wrong ideas in an article on China.
The Financial Times article on June 17 is full of smears and defamatory and groundless accusations against the Communist Party of China and China's political system, the letter said.
The full text of the letter is as follows:
The FT article entitled How Xi’s China came to resemble Tsarist Russia byJamil Anderlini (17 June) is ideologically biased and full of smearing, defaming and groundless accusations against the Communist Party of China and China’s political system. This heavily jaundiced and partial article is a long way from the standard of journalism and professional ethics of Financial Times as an influential international newspaper and smack of political prejudice. The China side expresses strong condemnation and opposition against this article.
The leadership of the CPC is a choice of the history. Founded at the time when the Chinese nation was on the brink of life and death, the CPC led the country out of the predicament of weak and poor, and being bullied by the foreign powers. CPC’s 100-year history is a glorious century of the Chinese nation pursuing independence and liberation, building a stronger and more prosperous country and making a happy life for everyone under the leadership of the CPC.
The leadership of the CPC is a choice of the people. The CPC is from the people, for the people and by the people. The focus of all its work is always the interests of the people. That’s why the CPC could win the whole-hearted support of all the Chinese people. In eliminating extreme poverty, China has achieved the final victory and fulfilled the UN goal of poverty reduction 10 years in advance. With 800 million Chinese lifted out of poverty, China has contributed to 70% of global poverty reduction. In the fight against the COVID-19, the CPC and Chinese government have always been insisting on the people-centered principle, regarding the people’s health and life as the top priority.
The leadership of the CPC is also the essential attribute and the greatest strength of the socialism with Chinese characteristics. Entering the new era, the CPC has led the Chinese people to make significant progress in all areas of development through hard-work and innovation. China has greatly increased its economic aggregate, scientific and technological prowess and comprehensive national strength, remarkably improved the people’s life and achieved the historic goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Going forward, the Chinese people will rally more closely under the strong leadership of the CPC, work harder, stick to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and build China into a stronger and more prosperous country, which is in the interest of world peace and prosperity.
Ours is a colourful world, as President Xi Jinping has said. Every country should and has the right to seek a path of development which suits its own national conditions. This is exactly what the Chinese people, under the leadership of the CPC, are doing and this is the key to China’s development. China focuses on building a stronger economy, fostering a better society and improving people’s while at the same time staying open and inclusive, and learning from others through exchanges. This is what all responsible governments should do. Those refusing to part with their ideological prejudice, superiority complex or habit of giving condescending lectures on what system or model China should adopt only betray their outdated narrow-mindedness that runs counter to the trend of open co-operation in the world today.