Re­port is road map to na­tion’s dream

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For those de­sir­ing a headsup on the fu­ture ori­en­ta­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, and thus that of the coun­try, there can be no bet­ter guide than the re­port Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping de­liv­ered to the 19th Na­tional Congress on Wed­nes­day.

Ar­guably the most watched of its kind in re­cent times, Xi’s speech may have at­tracted so much global in­ter­est in part be­cause of its tim­ing; com­ing as it did at a mo­ment when the en­tire world is look­ing for clues as to how China will wield its new­found in­flu­ence.

This need has been met, since Xi’s re­port is the CPC’s most com­pre­hen­sive road map for its own, and the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment, to date. It is also the au­thor­i­ta­tive source for an­swers to the many ques­tions that have arisen so far. Thus the re­port as­sumes a dis­tinct place in the an­nals of CPC his­tory be­cause it goes above and be­yond the reg­u­lar chart­ing of the course for the next five years.

It is a mo­men­tous re­port since it sig­nals that the rul­ing party’s gov­er­nance phi­los­o­phy, in­cluded in the Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era, has not been up­dated, but rather up­graded.

For the first time since the con­cept of “so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics” was pro­posed in Deng Xiaop­ing’s speech in­au­gu­rat­ing the 12th CPC Na­tional Congress in 1982, all the strate­gic ar­range­ments laid out in the re­port de­rive from new his­tor­i­cal co­or­di­nates.

For the past al­most four decades, the def­i­ni­tion of the “prin­ci­pal con­tra­dic­tion” has been that be­tween “the ever-grow­ing ma­te­rial and cul­tural needs of the peo­ple and the back­ward­ness of so­cial pro­duc­tion”.

Xi’s re­port boiled down to two strate­gic judg­ments: That so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has now en­tered a new era, and that the prin­ci­pal con­tra­dic­tion in so­ci­ety is be­tween peo­ple’s ever-grow­ing needs for a bet­ter life and un­bal­anced, in­ad­e­quate de­vel­op­ment.

Such a change nec­es­sar­ily en­tails fresh think­ing and re­sponses.

But as the re­port stated, the des­ig­na­tion of a new era does not change the judg­ment that China re­mains in the “pri­mary stage” of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, nor change the re­al­ity of it be­ing a de­vel­op­ing coun­try.

And it re­vealed the es­sen­tial truth that the CPC re­mains fo­cused on de­vel­op­ment. From the judg­ments made and pol­icy ini­tia­tives pro­posed, the re­port bears tes­ta­ment to the Party’s long­stand­ing con­vic­tion that de­vel­op­ment is the key to all the prob­lems the coun­try faces.

Thus, at­tribut­ing the his­toric achieve­ments made in na­tion­build­ing to the CPC’s strong, ef­fi­cient lead­er­ship, the re­port pri­or­i­tized strength­en­ing the Party’s lead­er­ship “in all un­der­tak­ings”.

Judg­ing from the CPC’s con­fi­dence in the path it has taken, as well as its re­solve to con­tinue re­fin­ing its gov­er­nance mech­a­nisms and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, there is no rea­son not to be op­ti­mistic about the coun­try’s fu­ture.

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