Five Years of Progress

ChinAfrica - - 19th Cpc National Congress -

Since the 18th Na­tional Con­gress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) in 2012, a series of tan­gi­ble achieve­ments have been made in China’s ef­forts to com­pre­hen­sively deepen re­forms. China has seen ex­tra­or­di­nary de­vel­op­ments in pro­duc­tiv­ity, na­tional strength and peo­ple’s liv­ing stan­dards. Chi­nafrica has high­lighted five ar­eas of progress that have bol­stered the con­fi­dence of the Chi­nese peo­ple and gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. 2020. From 2013 to 2016 alone, 55.64 mil­lion peo­ple in China had been lifted out of poverty. The num­ber is es­ti­mated to be more than 10 mil­lion in 2017, which means China has helped more than 13.91 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty on av­er­age each year dur­ing the past five years.

In 2012, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pledged to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­mote health­ier lives for the Chi­nese peo­ple. As a re­sult, the govern­ment has adopted a range of mea­sures and en­cour­aged greater pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in safe­guard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and con­trol­ling pol­lu­tion. In the past five years, air qual­ity con­tin­ued to im­prove in China. The coun­try has also seen re­duc­tions in soil and water pol­lu­tion. Mean­while, mea­sures to im­prove the ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment in more than 100,000 vil­lages across the coun­try have re­sulted in bet­ter lives for more than 190 mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try­side. Many ex­ist­ing laws and reg­u­la­tions have been re­vised to make them more ef­fec­tive, while a host of new leg­is­la­tions have been passed to re­dou­ble ef­forts to pre­vent pol­lu­tion. For ex­am­ple, the re­vised En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Law, which came into force on Jan­uary 1, 2015, gives en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tors greater pow­ers, and en­sures that pol­luters face harsher pun­ish­ment.

Over the past five years, the CPC has strength­ened self-gov­er­nance by im­pos­ing strict dis­ci­pline within the Party in an all­round way. The anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign has strength­ened the Party’s lead­er­ship. Party dis­ci­pline watch­dogs and su­pervi-

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