Marina Sereni
Marina Sereni
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Intervento della Vice Presidente della Camera dei Deputati, 

Marina Sereni



Dear colleagues,

the large attendance at this Forum bears witness to the world very keen attention and interest in China and in the outcomes of the 19th CCP Congress. Our interest and attention are at least proportional to China’s demographic, economic and geopolitical magnitude. It is crucial for us to become better acquainted with today’s China. 

The China we have seen emerge is a great country, which is establishing itself as a global player and identifying its challenges at home, while looking outwards to the world. 

And since stability and security in a multi-polar and multi-centric world depend on the actual conduct of individual players, China, with his president Xi Jinping, has sent out a message to the whole world demonstrating full awareness of the responsibilities it has taken upon itself. 

New threats to peace and security – at a global and regional level – require strong cooperation and political dialogue. Fighting climate change, poverty, hunger is a task that no country can face on its own.

The Chinese Communist Party recently confirmed some highly ambitious goals - the “two centennial goals”.  Not over the next five years, therefore, but an outlook spanning the next 30 years.

“The New Silk Road” through the “Belt and Road” initiative, written in the party constitution is of huge importance:  the expansion of infrastructural connectivity - on land and above all on the sea - between China and the heart of Europe, also involving Africa, is a far-sighted vision of a positive interaction between productive systems and markets that should not be viewed as inevitably intended to compete, but as a means that can and must generate well-being, prosperity and growth for all, on the basis of commonly-agreed rules and reciprocity. 

The problems that will confront China and its new leadership in the coming years are often the same that our countries will have to address and through common we will be able to find many of the solutions to these problems.

The globalized world needs governance that can control global competition, especially in the financial markets; that can promote sustainable development and counter climate change; that can help protect the middle-class in countries where it is threatened, and create one where it does not exist; that can demonstrate that political decisions, not speculators and finance system determine our lives.

We are moving towards a multi-polar world, where the decision-making process in international affairs becomes more diverse, as more and more countries take part in decisions on world politics and their implementation.

But globalization can also inspire divisive ideas and ideologies. Some groups of people might look back to their roots and seek protection in a traditional ideological or religious environment. So, even in the era of globalization, nationalism, protectionism and fundamentalism can get stronger. 

Global challenges and threats need global solutions. Whereas most of the problems of the 21st century are quite often of a supranational nature, the state system still functions as it did 200 years ago, when each country acted on the basis of its sovereignty and according to its national interest. It is therefore not surprising that when confronted by the forces of globalization many people feel helpless. Nation-states on their own cannot find solutions.

We should strive to make the international community function at least to such an extent that a set of rules are put in place for global development. 

Our political parties, in spite of our differences and despite our different political systems, must also engage in becoming global actors by looking beyond national horizons. We need to increase our international relations and multiply international meetings and opportunities like this one.

We are confronted by a number of common challenges. Let me just mention the most important one that is fighting inequalities and poverty, which have increased in the past few years. For us Europeans as a result of the crisis, and paradoxically for China, and other countries too, perhaps as a result of their development, industrial growth and modernization. In this regard let me say a word about Africa. Both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063 recognize the importance of peace and stability, not only as critical enablers but also as important components of sustainable development. In line with this aspiration, Africa has also continued to confront emerging challenges to peace, security and development, such as the rise of terrorism and violent extremism as well as the growing number of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons. In this regard, African countries continue to attach great importance to tackling the root causes of conflict such as youth unemployment, inequality, poverty and economic and social exclusion. Supporting African peace and development is an investment in global security and prosperity. Now it’s time to work together - Europe and China - to help Africa reach this goals.

As you can see, the problems we have addressed in this forum are so many and difficult to solve. But our task as politicians is not to give up because of the difficulties. Let me conclude with the words of one of the greatest political leaders who left us few years ago, President Nelson Mandela:

“When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?”


Marina Sereni, 2009-2015