Re­al­iz­ing Dreams

Opin­ion.peo­ Jan­uary 1

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Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s New-year ad­dress on De­cem­ber 31 sum­ma­rized China’s achieve­ments in 2018 and paid trib­ute to those who have made con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

Over the past year, China has ad­vanced sup­ply-side struc­tural re­form and fought three tough bat­tles of pre­vent­ing and de­fus­ing ma­jor risks, im­ple­ment­ing tar­geted poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and tack­ling pol­lu­tion. It has kept the ma­jor eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors within a rea­son­able range. Head­way has been made in ef­forts to pro­tect the blue skies and de­fend the rivers and soil from pol­lu­tion. China has also in­ten­si­fied ef­forts to im­prove peo­ple’s well­be­ing and raise the stan­dards of liv­ing.

Be­sides, China suc­cess­fully hosted in­ter­na­tional events like the an­nual Boao Fo­rum for Asia con­fer­ence in Hainan, the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Sum­mit in Qing­dao, as well as the Fo­rum on Chi­naAfrica Co­op­er­a­tion Sum­mit in Bei­jing, ad­vanc­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive in 2018.

Re­form and open­ing up was ac­cel­er­ated in the past year, with an in­sti­tu­tional re­form of state and Party or­gans and over 100 key re­form mea­sures launched. The first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo and the con­struc­tion of the Hainan Pi­lot Free Trade Zone both demon­strate China’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to deepen re­form and open­ing up.

The goals Xi set out for 2019 in­clude cut­ting taxes and fees for en­ter­prises, re­spect­ing ta­lent of all kinds, and tak­ing bet­ter care of vet­er­ans, which demon­strate a peo­ple-cen­tered ide­ol­ogy.

China will con­tinue its re­form and open­ing up in 2019 and the Com­mu­nist Party of China will con­tinue to lead the work for the re­newal of the Chi­nese na­tion. As Xi said, “We are run­ning at full speed to­ward the re­al­iza­tion of our dreams.”

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