Xi heralds ‘new era’ of socialism

The Communist Party of China (CPC) rolled out “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and embarked on a journey to build a “great modern socialist country” at the opening of its 19th National Congress on Wednesday.

General secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping delivered a 3.5-hour speech to the congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday morning, during which he mentioned several times a “new era” for socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Xi said the new era “will be an era of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and of moving on to all-out efforts to build a great modern socialist country.”

The principal contradiction facing Chinese society now is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, Xi said.

“The phrase ‘new era’ represents the changes in China after 40 years of development,” Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the Chongqing Committee, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

“And by pointing out the new contradiction in Chinese society, Xi also revealed the key emphasis of future work – more balanced development in rural and remote areas with science and technology driving the economy.”

Aside from summarizing the experience of the last five years, the report on Wednesday also serves as a guide for future action, Su said.

Xi said in the report that the CPC has drawn up a two-stage development plan from 2020 to the middle of the century.

China will see socialist modernization basically realized in the first stage from 2020 to 2035 and then become a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful from 2035 to the middle of this century, Xi noted in the report.

Congress theme

Xi said that the theme of the 19th CPC National Congress is to “remain true to our original aspirations and keep our mission firmly in mind, hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and work together to realize tirelessly the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.”

Delegates to the Party congress said they were thrilled by the Party’s blueprint.

“The Wednesday report is one of the Party’s important documents, which inspires and unifies all efforts in China in accomplishing the two centenary goals. It demonstrates the wisdom of the whole Party and represents the common consensus of the Chinese people,” Xie Chuntao, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee and also a delegate to the Party congress, told the Global Times.

The amendment to the Party Constitution would also include “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” the new theories of the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core and the new accomplishment of comprehensively strengthening Party discipline, Xie noted.

The two centenary goals refer to the 2021 completion of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious by 2049.

Yan Kun, a delegate from Central China’s Hubei Province, said that the report encouraged her and other science researchers to combine their careers with the future development of the Party and the nation.

Yang Qiongying, a delegate from Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, told the Global Times that as an educator from a remote area, she was impressed by the emphasis on balanced education in the report as this would benefit children in remote and poor areas.

Millions of Chinese people watched the live broadcast of the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress on Wednesday. Many local governments, Party committees and enterprises organized their Party members and employees to listen to Xi’s report.

“We are inspired by the speech at the 19th National Congress,” Li Quancai, the secretary of the Party Committee in Jinfeng district in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

“The conclusion on the evolving principal contradiction is responding to people’s yearning for a better life and setting a higher threshold for balancing developments in different areas, narrowing the income gap and creating a fairer and more just environment.”

Source: Global Times

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