LISBON, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's achievements in the past 70 years prove that only socialism can save China, a Portuguese communist leader has said.
"Looking at these 70 years, the Communist Party of China's fundamental consideration of 'only socialism can save China' is completely right," Jeronimo de Sousa, secretary-general of the Portuguese Communist Party, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
De Sousa said that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China has rallied its people to achieve national independence and liberation, and has become the world's second biggest economy and a main player on the international stage.
"At different stages and times, progress is being made on the political, economic, social and cultural levels," he said, adding that the "remarkable successes are the result of the struggle and dedication of the Chinese communists, workers and people."
He believed that the great achievements have been shown in many spheres, such as "in the development of the productive forces, in the plan of social progress, in the substantial reduction of poverty rates ... and in the qualitative improvement of their welfare."
He praised China's poverty alleviation as the most notable socioeconomic achievement in a country with 1.4 billion people. "The achievement of the planned goal of eradicating poverty" by 2020, just before the centennial anniversary of the founding of the CPC, will be "a significant achievement."
In the eyes of De Sousa, it is the path of socialism that leads to "the contemporary reality of China, to its central role in the complex and profound process of rearrangement of forces currently underway at the global level."
"Certainly in today's world ... it is of great importance that China vigorously pursues its own path of socialist construction, under the leadership of the CPC," he said.
"We believe this to be the key to solving major challenges and problems and fulfilling the tasks outlined for the country's development, the preservation of its sovereignty and independence," he added.