Doc­u­men­tary on re­form wins praise from pub­lic

Changes spear­headed by Xi show­ing tan­gi­ble re­sults, many cit­i­zens say

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A 10-episode po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary that be­gan air­ing last week has gained pos­i­tive feed­back from the pub­lic na­tion­wide, with many peo­ple ex­press­ing con­fi­dence to­ward the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s on­go­ing ef­forts to com­pre­hen­sively deepen re­form.

The doc­u­men­tary, Jiang Gaige Jinx­ing Daodi (Carry- ing the Re­form Through to the End), was aired with one episode each day on the state broad­caster, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, be­gin­ning on July 17. It high­lighted Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s im­por­tant speeches and his new thoughts on the gov­er­nance of China.

Fo­cus­ing on the achieve­ments made by the CPC in deep­en­ing re­forms in the past five years, the doc­u­men­tary’s top­ics in­clude the econ­omy, pol­i­tics, so­cial man­age­ment, Chi­nese cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, mil­i­tary re­form and the Party’s thor­ough self-im­prove­ment.

The doc­u­men­tary, with about 45 min­utes for each episode, will con­clude on Wed­nes­day. The lat­est episode aired on Sun­day and fo­cused on mil­i­tary re­forms.

It has trig­gered wide dis­cus­sion among the pub­lic over the ef­fec­tive re­form mea­sures put for­ward in the past five years.

Jin Yan­lei, a ge­og­ra­phy teacher at Dongy­ing No 1 Mid­dle School in Shan­dong prov­ince, said the po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary pre­sented an “epi­clike” story of China’s re­form, which has im­proved the peo­ple’s lives from many as­pects.

Not­ing that he had a se­cond son early this year af­ter the gov­ern­ment adopted the uni­ver­sal se­cond-child pol­icy last year, Jin said he has ben­e­fited from the Party’s new poli­cies.

“I am glad to see that in the past sev­eral years, com­mod­ity prices are sta­ble and, at the same time, my in­come has been ris­ing grad­u­ally,” he said.

Statis­tics from the gov­ern­ment show the con­sumer price in­dex in­creased by less than 3 per­cent an­nu­ally in the past four con­sec­u­tive years, and more than 13 mil­lion peo­ple found new jobs each year.

“I be­lieve that un­der the lead­er­ship of the CPC with Com­rade Xi as the core, we will see more mea­sures to be taken to im­prove our liveli­hood af­ter the 19th Na­tional Congress of the CPC,” he added. The Party is go­ing to hold its 19th Na­tional Congress later this year, which will lay the foun­da­tion for the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment in the next five years.

Jing Lin­jun, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions ma­jor at Shanxi Univer­sity, said she is con­fi­dent she will get a job af­ter grad­u­a­tion next year.

“It’s amaz­ing that the gov­ern­ment has man­aged to get rid of over­ca­pac­ity and at the same time sta­bi­lized the em­ploy­ment in re­cent years,” she said.

Com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­forms has been one of the most im­por­tant tasks for the Party and the gov­ern­ment since the CPC elected its new lead­er­ship, headed by Xi, in Novem­ber 2012.

The pres­i­dent has taken the lead in proac­tively push­ing the re­form. In late 2013, the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form was es­tab­lished, with Xi as the group’s head.

In the group’s lat­est meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Xi called for solid moves to ad­vance re­forms.

The pres­i­dent urged lo­cal gov­ern­ments to be de­voted to de­liv­er­ing re­forms, shoul­der­ing their due re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and mak­ing con­crete and pi­o­neer­ing ef­forts.

While pre­sid­ing over the 33rd meet­ing of the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group in March, Xi told of­fi­cials to pay more at­ten­tion to re­form tasks that could en­hance the peo­ple’s sense of gain.

Liu Zhencheng, a tea com­pany man­ager in Rizhao, Shan­dong prov­ince, said that thanks to the new rules put for­ward by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment last year, he man­aged to sign con­tracts with dozens of farm­ers to rent their farm­land to plant tea trees.

“In the past, the farm­ers were re­luc­tant to rent their farm­land be­cause they were afraid of be­ing de­prived of their us­age rights, but af­ter the gov­ern­ment is­sued them pa­per cer­tifi­cates last year to pro­tect their us­age rights, they are prone to rent­ing now,” he said.

In Au­gust 2016, the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group is­sued a guide­line en­cour­ag­ing the farm­ers to rent their land to peo­ple with a larger scale of pro­duc­tion. The farm­ers’ land us­age rights were to be pro­tected by the gov­ern­ment cer­tifi­cates. Such mea­sures could in­crease the farm­ers’ in­comes and im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the land si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Statis­tics from the gov­ern­ment show that more than 70 mil­lion farm­ers na­tion­wide have rented their land, ac­count­ing for 30 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal farm­ers and 35 per­cent of the farm­land.

Zhu Li­jia, a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance, said com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form will be an ar­du­ous task for the Party and gov­ern­ment in the com­ing years as China faces chal­lenges both do­mes­ti­cally and glob­ally.

Do­mes­ti­cally, China’s tra­di­tional en­gine for eco­nomic growth is los­ing power, while the new en­gine is yet to take shape; in­ter­na­tion­ally, the trade pro­tec­tion­ism and in­sta­bil­ity of re­gional sit­u­a­tions may pose threats to the de­vel­op­ment of China, he said.

With the Party’s on­go­ing ef­forts to deepen re­form, China will be able to re­solve these chal­lenges and over­come dif­fi­cul­ties to usher in a new round of eco­nomic im­prove­ments, he added.

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