So­cial­ism Brings Pros­per­ity

By Rabi Sankar Bosu

Beijing Review - - Essay -

The 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC), which is sched­uled to be­gin on Oc­to­ber 18 in Bei­jing, will surely in­ject new im­pe­tus into China’s drive to build a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in an all-round way by 2020.

In the past five years un­der the lead­er­ship of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, bril­liant achieve­ments have been made in just about ev­ery field, and the CPC is firmly ad­vanc­ing China with so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, cov­er­ing ev­ery area of eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, so­cial and eco­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing a high-level CPC work­shop on July 26-27, Pres­i­dent Xi said that China’s de­vel­op­ment is at a new his­tor­i­cal start­ing point, and so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has en­tered a new de­vel­op­ment stage. In his speech, Xi greatly in­spired China’s con­fi­dence in ad­vanc­ing the cause of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

It’s true that China’s suc­cess story is not copied from other coun­tries’ models. Chi­nese lead­ers have made China a ma­jor player on the global stage, com­bin­ing Marx­ism with China’s na­tional con­di­tions, which has not only se­cured the huge suc­cess of its own de­vel­op­ment, but also of­fers so­lu­tions to prob­lems for oth­ers.

The CPC has united the Chi­nese peo­ple and har­nessed their strengths. In terms of gov­ern­ing the na­tion, the 96-year-old CPC, with 88 mil­lion Party mem­bers, leads the world’s biggest de­vel­op­ing coun­try. So­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has been the theme of all the Party’s the­o­ries and prac­tices since the re­form and open­ing up be­gan in 1978.

With a pop­u­la­tion of 1.3 bil­lion, China has be­come the world’s se­cond largest econ­omy, the biggest trader of goods and the third-largest di­rect for­eign in­vestor, lift­ing per-capita GDP close to $8,000. Cer­tainly China has made re­mark­able strides in eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural fields in the past 40 years.

Since Xi took of­fice as the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and be­came Pres­i­dent of China in Novem­ber 2012 and March 2013 re­spec­tively, he has ad­vo­cated so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics to strengthen and mod­ern­ize China. His in­sights into China’s po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment are re­vi­tal­iz­ing the na­tional mod­ern­iza­tion drive.

China’s 13th Five Year Plan from 2016 to 2020, the first un­der Xi’s lead­er­ship, is im­por­tant for China to build a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all as­pects. It is widely no­tice­able that the 13th Five Year

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