Map­ping out road ahead

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - — XIN­HUA NEWS AGENCY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s re­cent speech at a meet­ing of pro­vin­cial and min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials has been viewed as set­ting the tone for the po­lit­i­cal, ide­o­log­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal foun­da­tions of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China to be held later this year. Xi said that ex­pe­ri­ence has proved that so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics is the best way to en­sure the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the Chi­nese peo­ple, and there is every rea­son to be con­fi­dent as great achieve­ments have been made over the past four decades since re­form and open­ing-up was launched, es­pe­cially over the past five years in terms of im­ple­ment­ing a new con­cept of de­vel­op­ment, deep­en­ing re­form, en­hanc­ing the rule of law, im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and build­ing a strong mil­i­tary.

A num­ber of so-called China-watch­ers have long pre­dicted a “China col­lapse”. But the truth is that China’s growth rate still sur­passes that of many ma­jor economies in the world, the Party is get­ting stronger and the coun­try’s cir­cle of friends in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is ex­pand­ing.

At present, the ma­jor task for the CPC is to lead the coun­try to ac­com­plish the goal of build­ing a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety by 2020.

Af­ter 2020, China will strive to be­come a mod­ern so­cial­ist coun­try by 2049, the cen­te­nary of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

The Party un­der­stands that peo­ple want bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, higher in­comes, sta­ble jobs, re­li­able so­cial in­sur­ance, higher qual­ity med­i­cal ser­vices, more com­fort­able liv­ing con­di­tions, a more beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment and a richer cul­tural life.

So­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics will prove that it can with­stand the test of his­tory and also ex­pand the path­way to mod­ern­iza­tion for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, thus pro­vid­ing Chi­nese wis­dom and Chi­nese so­lu­tions to the prob­lems fac­ing mankind.

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