China will blaze its own trail to realise its dream of becoming a modernised nation and not blindly follow the west, says a top party theorist. Li Junru, a vice-president of the Central Party School, said Chinese people did not need the 'American dream', but should adopt a Chinese one in their quest to become modernised. 'Compared with the United States, Britain, Germany and other western nations, or even neighbouring Japan, China, a latecomer to industrialisation and modernisation, will not be prepared to repeat their bitter histories, which for a rising power would bring about turbulence and unrest in the world,' he said in an interview with Xinhua yesterday. According to Professor Li, who is also vice-president of China's Reform and Openness Forum, the 'Western European dreams to become industrialised and modernised' were realised through colonialism. The 'Japanese and German dreams' were pursued through launching world wars to seize resources. The 'American dream' was realised through the consumption of a large quantity of the world's resources and energy, while the 'Soviet dream' meant cold war and confrontation between military blocs. 'The dream by the Chinese is a unique Chinese dream,' he said. Professor Li's remarks were apparently aimed at addressing widespread concern among western powers that China's rise could lead to mounting global competition or even conflict over resources and energy. Professor Li said Beijing was implementing a strategy to rely mainly on itself for energy supply and had chosen a path of 'rising peacefully'. 'This is not a kind of propaganda, but the historic choice of China's ruling party and the solemn promise of the Chinese people to the world,' he said.