Five Years of Progress
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-