President Xi Jinping a distinct leader with confidence, competence and strategic clarity: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed

Islamabad: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has lauded Chinese President Xi Jinping as a distinct leader characterized by confidence, competence, and strategic clarity.

He highlighted the key factors contributing to China’s success story during a book launch event here titled ‘China at 75: China Story – Standing Up to Getting Rich to Becoming Strong’, authored by Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Asian Institute of Eco-Civilization, Research and Development (AIERD).

Senator Sayed emphasized that China’s remarkable achievements could be attributed to its exceptional leadership, capacity for course correction, policy continuity, and peaceful foreign relations.

He elaborated on China’s journey using three defining words: revolution, reform, and rise, each era being steered by a leader at the forefront.

“In examining the lineage of China’s leaders, one can observe their merit-based ascension,” he remarked. Senator Sayed specifically highlighted the current Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and former leader Deng Xiaoping, noting their integrity and grassroots origins.

Regarding the concept of course correction, Senator Sayed explained, “When a deviation from the right path is sensed, a correction is made,” a practice he commended the Chinese leadership for executing effectively.

He also underscored China’s long-term policy continuity spanning decades, its humility, and eagerness to learn from others. Senator Sayed emphasized that China’s most significant attribute was its commitment to a peaceful foreign policy.

Expanding on this point, he noted that China, as the only permanent member of the UN Security Council, had not engaged in any wars with other nations for the past 40 years.

Senator Sayed highlighted that by the time of Mao Zedong’s passing, China had addressed its people’s core needs such as food, clothing, shelter, health, and basic education.

Expressing gratitude for China’s friendship, Senator Sayed noted Pakistan’s fortune in having China as a neighbor, all-weather friend, strategic partner, and “iron brother.”
Turning to Shakeel Ahmad Ramay’s book, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed commended the author for skillfully narrating China’s story and capturing its evolution in detail.

On this occasion, Shi Yuanqiang, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese embassy, lauded Shakeel Ahmad Ramay for his deep understanding of China’s dynamics and insightful analysis.

He described Ramay’s book as comprehensive, tracing China’s growth from its inception to the present day. Yuanqiang attributed China’s growth to its strong leadership, committed to the well-being and happiness of its people.

During the event, Shakeel Ahmad Ramay outlined the three parts of his book: standing tall, becoming prosperous, and achieving strength. He recounted the challenges faced by China after the establishment of the People’s Republic in 1949, including the destruction of infrastructure and a weak production system due to war repercussions.

Ramay mentioned that one of China’s significant hurdles at the time was the lack of recognition, especially from Western nations favoring the Republic of China in Taiwan. However, he acknowledged Pakistan as the fourth country to recognize China and establish diplomatic relations, marking a pivotal moment in China’s international recognition.

He said Chairman Mao Zedong, along with his comrades, then embarked on rebuilding the nation, prioritizing inflation control and ensuring food security as fundamental necessities for stability.