China has blazed a trail of development suited to its actual conditions since the inauguration of its reform and opening up policy 30 years ago, said Dr. Zhu Jianrong, a professor of humanities at Toyo Gakuen University, in a recent interview with Xinhua.
"During the past 30 years, China has formulated an all-around and open development model on the basis of its national realities," said Zhu.
"It has managed to avoid going to the extremes of completely copying models of the west or overemphasizing its national conditions to block reform."
"China's stable development has contributed a lot to the world's stability and development," he added.
"But more importantly, the Chinese model of development provides a brand new development path, which is utterly different from those of the west, for developing countries," he said.
The year 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship as well as of China's adoption of its reform and opening up policy.
On China-Japan relations, the scholar said, "Bilateral ties have entered a stage of substantial development in economic ties from the previous strategic cooperation in the last 30 years, with bilateral economic contacts being gradually expanded and exchanges in various areas deepened."
"In the past 30 years, China has strived to promote its relations with Japan from the perspective of common economic interests," he said.
"Economic exchanges with Japan, as it were, are an important component of China's opening up policy," the professor said.
Zhu is optimistic about the future of Japan-China ties and believes that the general trend of further growth in bilateral ties will not be reversed.