Peo­ple-cen­tric de­vel­op­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

The key to China’s achieve­ments over the past decades has been its lead­er­ship’s un­der­stand­ing of the real needs of Chi­nese peo­ple. In­creased fis­cal inputs in ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, em­ploy­ment and other fields re­lated to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, and ef­forts to pro­mote an ef­fi­cient and open mar­ket have en­abled China’s de­vel­op­ment fruits to be bet­ter shared among its peo­ple.

The rea­son why eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion has en­coun­tered head­winds is its lack of in­clu­sive­ness. Only with in­clu­sive­ness can dif­fer­ent coun­tries and groups en­joy the div­i­dends of glob­al­iza­tion.

Given that in the new era China’s primary so­cial con­tra­dic­tion is be­tween peo­ple’s de­sire for a bet­ter life and the coun­try’s un­bal­anced and in­ad­e­quate de­vel­op­ment, China should con­tinue its ef­forts to im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hoods and take tar­geted poverty al­le­vi­a­tion mea­sures to in­crease peo­ple’s sense of gain and hap­pi­ness.

A peo­ple-cen­tric de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy means work­ing hard to en­sure that peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards are im­proved through de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple’s ever-grow­ing needs for a bet­ter life are met by strength­en­ing their sense of gain, hap­pi­ness, and se­cu­rity.

This will also mean a more dy­namic China whose greater in­te­gra­tion with the global econ­omy will cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties and make more con­tri­bu­tions to the Asia-Pa­cific and the world as a whole.

As Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said at the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion CEO meet­ing, China knows full well its re­spon­si­bil­ity as the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy. It will con­tinue to pur­sue a peo­ple-cen­tered phi­los­o­phy to make its de­vel­op­ment more in­clu­sive and ben­e­fi­cial to all.

Deep­en­ing re­form across the board will un­leash dy­namism for de­vel­op­ment that will have a more pow­er­ful and ex­ten­sive im­pact, present more op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion and en­able more coun­tries to board the ex­press train of China’s de­vel­op­ment.


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