China will not repeat pattern of past powers: Expert
Allaying apprehensions about any threat from a rising China, Li Junru, a top Chinese expert, Wednesday said Beijing will not repeat the "pattern of past powers" and will strive for a new type of relations with major powers.
"We will not repeat the pattern of past powers and work for a new type of relations with major powers in the world," Li said in an interaction at the Observer Research Foundation, a think tank.
Li is heading the Chinese delegation currently visiting New Delhi to apprise the Indian leadership and opinion-makers about broad contours of China's economy and foreign policy under the new dispensation that is expected to take charge in March next year.
He also stressed that the Chinese leadership's top priority is the people-centric development and the creation of a harmonious society. To achieve these goals, China is projected to achieve industrialisation by 2020 and modernisation by 2030.
Li added that China was engaged in "a new mode of development which will help build a harmonious world".
Li was the former vice-president of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee party school and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) national committee.
Li was among the more visible faces on the official broadcaster CCTV on the day of the leadership change Nov 14 and was seen explaining the changes to the domestic as well as international audience.