China says it has no interest in imposing its development model on other nations, like those in the Caribbean for which it provides aid.
However, it does believe it can offer lessons for those countries, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official.
Addressing foreign journalists gathered in Beijing for celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Director-General of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying said the Asian nation “will never be as keen as some countries to engage in ideological export or model replication”.
President of the China Public Diplomacy Association, Wu Hailong, further sought to assure that “no matter how much China develops, we will not pose a threat to others”.
Chunying, addressing a media forum of developing countries under the theme, ‘China in My Eyes: 70 Years of Impressions and Reflections’, said that the country’s achievements over the past seven decades demonstrate what is possible for all developing nations.
China, despite being the world’s second-largest economy, is still not classified as a developed nation. The World Bank defines a high-income country — or developed country — by setting the threshold for gross national income (GNI) per capita at US$12,055, but China’ GNI per capita, although steadily rising, remains below that threshold, at US$9,470 in 2018.
Chunying said China had accomplished what developed countries have done for hundreds of years.