China will not export 'Chinese model' of development: NPC spokesperson

A paramilitary policeman stands guard before a portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate in Beijing.
A paramilitary policeman stands guard before a portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate in Beijing.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Xinhua) - China will neither import foreign models nor export a Chinese model of development, a spokesman for the annual session of China's top legislature said on Sunday (March 4).

China will follow its own path, and will not ask other countries to copy the Chinese practice either, Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), said at a press conference.

Zhang said there is no one-size-fits-all model for development, and each country should develop its own path based on its own conditions.

China does not seek to overturn or replace the current international order.

Rather, it will continue to be a defender of and contributor to the order, said Zhang.

China is willing to actively participate in the global governance reform and construction, and promote the international order to evolve for greater justice and equity, he said.

He also addressed suspicions about China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formerly known as One Belt, One Road.

“Five years ago, President Xi Jinping put forward the Belt and Road Initiative. Over the past five years, thanks to joint efforts from all parties, this initiative is being turned into actions from a concept, and it is being translated into reality from a vision,” Zhang said.

“To say that the Belt and Road Initiative is a geo-strategic tool, in my view, this is a misinterpretation of the initiative.” Zhang said.

Chinese companies have built 75 zones for economic and trade cooperation in 24 countries along the Belt and Road routes, contributing more than US$2.21 billion of taxes and creating almost 209,000 local jobs.

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa based on ancient land and maritime trade routes.