What does the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” mean to China and Pakistan?
Not long ago, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong asked a question to the reporters from Pakistan major Media in a Conference on “Pak-China economic corridor” in Islamabad:” events happened in China recently?” It regrets very much that no one can give any piece of the events which Ambassador Sun pointed out. I think this means directly that Pak media people couldn’t grasp the situation of China’s development. Even the media people like this, not to mention the common people. In fact, what the most Ambassador Sun would like to mention is “The Thirteenth Five- Year Plan”on National Economic and Social Development which has passed at the Fifth Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee ended Oct 29 2015, because it has important relevance with Pakistan. Just look at the name of this plan, it has surprised many people: a central government’s development plan can be continuously carried out for 60 years, already on the way of implementation. What does it mean? Frankly say that is one of the secret of success of China’s economic and social development. It’s very clear that the successful Plan has made China from a poor and weak developing one into a preliminary modernization country, currently the world’s second largest economy. We can assert that the advantages of China’s political and policy continuity could not be easily matched by other countries. “The Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” is from the year of 2016 to 2020. It is very important, not only for China, but also for Pakistan. What does the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” mean to China and Pakistan?
For China, the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan is decisive period of building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. Upon completion of this plan by the year of 2020, China will “two hundred years” goal. “Xiao Kang” (moderately prosperous or comprehensive well-off) society named by Chinese people will be realized. Its measurable standards are following: economy maintaining in high growth (GDP growth at least 6.5%), keeping the balanced, inclusive and sustainable development of China, to double its 2010 GDP and the per capita income of urban and rural residents by the year of 2020 and people’s living standards and quality is generally improving. achieve the national goal of building a moderately prosperous society and the process, China will comply with the following principle: adherence to the dominant position of the people, deepening reform, adherence to the rule of law, adherence to co-ordination domestic and foreign situations, adherence to the Party’s leadership . and earnestly implement the innovation, coordination, green, open, shared development philosophy. Under the guidance of this principle, China’s “one belt one road” was written into the “Thirteen Five-Year Plan” in the part of creation of opening up and the development of a new pattern of foreign situation. China’s “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” which is contained of “one belt one road” asserts the requirement of enhancing the interactivities with the countries along. In the coming period, capitals and enterprises of China will enter into a development stage of both “bringing in” and “going out”. China’s new foreign direct investment will reach to $ 1.5 trillion in the next 10 years, many of which will be achieved through the investments in the projects of “one belt one road”. So, what does the “Thirteenth FiveYear Plan” mean for Pakistan? The simplest sentence is a good opportunity for development. As an important part of “one belt one road”, “PakistanChina Economic Corridor”(CPEC) is the common consensus between the two governments and leaders and gets strongly welcome and support from all sectors of the people of two countries. consistently. It’s very clear that CPEC will be directly related, not only to the progress and implementation of China’s “opening up” and “one belt one road”, but also to the process of economic and social development of Pakistan. that China and Pakistan are shared the same destiny. This grand project on the basis of “Win Win” principle provides Pakistan a brand new opportunity to promote economic development and social progress, but also make the development of Pakistan-China friendship to a higher stage. I am sure China will work closely with Pakistan forward “Pakistan Economic Corridor” construction step by step, and the Pakistani side should also earnestly seize this rare opportunity for development, should take the national development of Pakistan as a key point, putting aside their differences, completing of the CPEC project earlier, to create a new millennium of economic development and social progress in Pakistan. Long live the friendship between China and Pakistan. The writer is Chief of Islamabad Bureau, China Guangming Daily.