The New Stage of So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics

China Pictorial (English) - - Con­tents - Text by Huang Xianghuai The au­thor is an as­so­ciate re­search fel­low at the Sci­en­tific Re­search De­part­ment of the Party School of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. The ar­ti­cle is reprinted from Study Times, edited for space con­straints with the au­thor’s ap­proval.

So­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has been the aim, the­ory and prac­tice of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) since the coun­try’s re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy was im­ple­mented. Ad­her­ing to de­vel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics is the cen­tral driver of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee charged with ad­min­is­ter­ing the coun­try, with Com­rade Xi Jin­ping at its core. Xi pointed out that based on the great achieve­ments China has made since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949, es­pe­cially af­ter the re­form and open­ing up, the CPC and the coun­try have wit­nessed his­toric changes since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress. As Chi­nese de­vel­op­ment reaches a new his­tor­i­cal thresh­old, so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has en­tered a new de­vel­op­ment stage. This un­der­stand­ing is tremen­dously sig­nif­i­cant for grasp­ing the his­tor­i­cal changes and achieve­ments of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress.

As a whole, China is still in the pri­mary stage of so­cial­ism, but do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment and changes have added new char­ac­ter­is­tics to the pri­mary stage of so­cial­ism.

Since the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy was in­tro­duced, Party mem­bers have been work­ing on the con­struc­tion of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, which has cre­ated a solid foun­da­tion for the de­vel­op­ment and progress of con­tem­po­rary China. To­day, so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics should be pro­moted more thor­oughly than in the past. While up­hold­ing the ba­sic guide­lines of the Party and con­tin­u­ing to pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, it is nec­es­sary to bet­ter solve var­i­ous so­cial prob­lems and pro­mote more bal­anced de­vel­op­ment of peo­ple to achieve over­all so­ci­etal progress.

The coun­try’s mis­sion dur­ing the pri­mary stage of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics is to seize strate­gic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the world. The pri­mary fo­cus is over­com­ing ide­o­log­i­cal ob­sta­cles and in­sti­tu­tional bar­ri­ers hin­der­ing China from mak­ing bet­ter con­tact with the out­side world. To­day, the cen­tral task is man­ag­ing how China cre­ates and ex­pands strate­gic op­por­tu­ni­ties, with fo­cus on build­ing a com­mu­nity of shared des­tiny with all coun­tries of the world.

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced tribu­la­tions and hard­ships in the re­cent past, the in­tro­duc­tion of re­form and open­ing up aimed to bridge the “de­vel­op­ment gap,” which was the cru­cial is­sue of the time. To­day, when the “char­ac­ter­is­tics” and “ad­van­tages” have be­come cen­tral ex­pec­ta­tions, China must look to solve prob­lems re­lated to “in­sti­tu­tional strengths.” De­vel­oped coun­tries are no longer the only ref­er­ence for China. China is now look­ing at the de­vel­op­ment trends of the world and be­com­ing one of the most ac­tive and in­volved el­e­ments of it, mak­ing it one of the most im­por­tant coun­tries for fu­ture ref­er­ence.

Since the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress, the new con­cepts, ideas and strate­gies put for­ward by the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee with Xi at its core have com­bined in­no­va­tive the­ory and prac­tice to clearly de­fine what kind of so­cial­ism to pur­sue in a coun­try with such a large pop­u­la­tion. From a weak foun­da­tion, the coun­try has be­come solid, and so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics has reached a new stage of de­vel­op­ment. New great achieve­ments will hap­pen through strength­en­ing Party lead­er­ship, car­ry­ing out new de­vel­op­ment con­cepts, com­pre­hen­sively deep­en­ing re­form, com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­ment­ing rule of law, com­pre­hen­sively strength­en­ing Party dis­ci­pline and many sim­i­lar strate­gies.

China is still in the pri­mary stage of so­cial­ism and will long re­main so. The ba­sic con­di­tion of China has not changed; nor has the core prob­lem in our so­ci­ety—meet­ing the ever-grow­ing ma­te­rial and cul­tural needs of the peo­ple with still rel­a­tively back­ward so­cial pro­duc­tion. Eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion has cre­ated new op­por­tu­ni­ties for China as well as chal­lenges, but the global sit­u­a­tion and do­mes­tic and Party con­di­tions con­tinue to un­dergo pro­found changes. The time is ripe for China to dive head first into de­vel­op­ing so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, deep­en­ing re­form in key sec­tors and res­o­lutely dis­card­ing all no­tions and sys­tems that hin­der ef­forts to pur­sue de­vel­op­ment sci­en­tif­i­cally. We must co­or­di­nate all ef­forts and as­pects of our mod­ern­iza­tion drive, and bal­ance the re­la­tions of pro­duc­tion with pro­duc­tive forces and su­per­struc­ture with eco­nomic base, thus con­stantly im­prov­ing the de­vel­op­ment path and de­vel­op­ment model in ac­cor­dance with China’s ac­tual con­di­tions to per­pet­u­ally main­tain the vi­tal­ity and dy­namism of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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