A tone-set­ting meet­ing for Party congress

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

The key­note speech made by Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, at a high­pro­file work­shop this week of­fers a glimpse into the themes of the up­com­ing CPC Na­tional Congress. The speech lays an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal, ide­o­log­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tion for the suc­cess of the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress slated for later this year.

It has been a rou­tine prac­tice for the Party’s top leader to ad­dress high-level of­fi­cials ahead of the CPC Na­tional Congress, held ev­ery five years, to unify Party mem­bers’ thoughts and chart out the fu­ture course of de­vel­op­ment.

The top leader’s tone-set­ting speech, which sum­ma­rized the achieve­ments made in the­o­ries and prac­tices since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress in Novem­ber 2012, was a mo­bi­liza­tion call.

In his speech, Xi hailed “the his­toric changes” in the de­vel­op­ment of the CPC and the na­tion over the past five years, say­ing China’s de­vel­op­ment is stand­ing at a new his­tor­i­cal start­ing point, and so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has en­tered a new de­vel­op­ment stage.

The ma­jor achieve­ments made in so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics mean the Chi­nese na­tion, which ex­pe­ri­enced tribu­la­tions and hard­ships in mod­ern times, has made a his­toric leap from “stand­ing up” to be­com­ing bet­ter-off to get­ting stronger, Xi said.

This also means that so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has ex­panded the path­way to mod­ern­iza­tion for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, thus pro­vid­ing “Chi­nese wis­dom” and “Chi­nese so­lu­tions” to prob­lems fac­ing hu­mankind, Xi said.

Xi’s speech adeptly puts for­ward the vi­sion for China’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. He said China must ac­com­plish the na­tional goal of build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety by 2020, and strive for the great vic­tory of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics as well as the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

To achieve that end, he called for con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to pro­mote eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, so­cial and eco­log­i­cal progress, and urged the Party to en­hance the­o­ret­i­cal con­fi­dence and strate­gic fo­cus, broaden its vi­sion, and give a new sum­ma­tion of its the­o­ries.

In terms of eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, Xi em­pha­sized com­mit­ment to the sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form. Ef­forts should also be made to pre­vent and defuse ma­jor risks, al­le­vi­ate poverty, and pre­vent and con­trol pol­lu­tion to push for­ward sus- tained and healthy eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

“The strict gov­er­nance of the Party will al­ways be an on­go­ing process,” Xi said, stress­ing that the fu­ture of a po­lit­i­cal party or govern­ment is ul­ti­mately de­ter­mined by whether the peo­ple are for or against it.

Pre­sid­ing over the open­ing ses­sion of the work­shop, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang called on se­nior Party of­fi­cials to study Xi’s speech, fol­low its spirit both in thought and ac­tion, and stay com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ples and val­ues of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi at its core.

The CPC has con­vened seven na­tional con­gresses since the re­form and openingup was ini­ti­ated in the late 1970s.

The au­thors are writ­ers with Xin­hua News Agency.

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