White pa­per on right to de­vel­op­ment is­sued

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XINHUA

The Chi­nese govern­ment on Thurs­day is­sued a white pa­per on the right to de­vel­op­ment, ex­pound­ing on its phi­los­o­phy, prac­tice and con­tri­bu­tion. The white pa­per, ti­tled “The Right to De­vel­op­ment: China’s Phi­los­o­phy, Prac­tice and Con­tri­bu­tion”, states that de­vel­op­ment is the top pri­or­ity of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in gov­er­nance and na­tional re­vi­tal­iza­tion, and the key to re­solv­ing all other prob­lems.

It said that China is will­ing to join the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in shar­ing its phi­los­o­phy and ex­pe­ri­ence to boost mil­lion sound de­vel­op­ment of global hu­man rights.

Ac­cord­ing to the white pa­per, China has lifted 700 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty through more than 30 years of re­form and open­ing-up, ac­count­ing for more than 70 per­cent of the global re­duc­tion in poverty.

The av­er­age life ex­pectancy in the na­tion rose from 35 years in 1949 to 76.3 years in 2015, rank­ing high among de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, the white pa­per said.

The level of ed­u­ca­tion has also soared. In 1949, more than 80 per­cent of the na­tional pop­u­la­tion was il­lit­er­ate, and the en­roll­ment rate of school-age chil­dren was only 20 per­cent.

Last year, the net en­roll­ment rate of school-age chil­dren at pri­mary school stage was 99.88 per­cent, while the rate at se­nior high school was 87 per­cent. In ad­di­tion, China’s higher ed­u­ca­tion has ap­proached the level of medium-de­vel­oped coun­tries, the white pa­per added.

China’s Hu­man De­velop- ment In­dex in 2014 ranked 90th among 188 coun­tries, putting it in the high hu­man de­vel­op­ment group, it said, cit­ing the China Na­tional Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Re­port 2016 re­leased by the United Nations.

China has pro­mul­gated and im­ple­mented a se­ries of laws and reg­u­la­tions to protect the right to de­vel­op­ment of all ci­ti­zens, es­pe­cially that of eth­nic groups, women, chil­dren, se­nior ci­ti­zens, and the dis­abled, it said.

peo­ple in China have been lifted out of poverty since the re­form and open­ing-up in the late 1970s.

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