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Consul General Li Xuhang Promotes Spirit of Fifth Plenary Session of 19th CPC Central Committee in UAE Mainstream Media
2020/11/17

On November 17, Consul General Li Xuhang published a signed article in Al Bayan, a mainstream newspaper in the UAE, titled “How Does A Conference Make Plans for China's Future?” promoting the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The full text is as follows:

On October 26-29, the Communist Party of China convened an important conference: The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC. At the conference, the CPC deliberated on and adopted the recommendations for formulating China’s 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035. Any major decision on national and social development formally introduced by the Communist Party of China must have been deliberated and decided collectively in the Plenary Session attended by nearly 400 members of the Central Committee to ensure that the decision is made in a scientific way.

What is the "Five-Year Plan"?

The "Five-Year Plan" formulated by the Chinese government is a phased plan for economic and social development over a cycle of five years. Since the first "Five-Year Plan" introduced in 1953, 13 Five-Year Plans have been completed so far, promoting the steady and orderly development of the country. It is an important way for the Communist Party of China to govern the country and an important experience of China's sustainable development. Here, let’s take a set of data from the "13th Five-Year Plan" at its ending stage to see the achievements in the past five years: China’s GDP has exceeded 100 trillion yuan in 2020; 55.75 million people in rural areas have been lifted out of poverty; annual grain output has been maintained at 650 billion kilograms in five years in a row; more than 60 million new jobs have been created in urban areas; China has established the world’s largest social security system, covering the basic medical care of over 1.3 billion people and basic elderly care of nearly 1 billion people.

What is the goal of the "14th Five-Year Plan"?

With the completion of the "13th Five-Year Plan", China will shift to a stage of high-quality development and consolidate the fundamentals sustaining China’s long-term economic growth. China believes that peace and development remain the underlying trend of our times, a new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation is gathering pace, and development is still the top priority of the Chinese government. Therefore, it is not surprising that the 14th Five-Year Plan and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035 were the main topics of this plenary session. What goals and recommendations then, were proposed in the plenary session for the 14th Five-Year Plan? Stated simply, the Plan expects to see new and better outlook in six aspects: economic development, reform and opening up progress, social civility, ecological conservation, people's livelihood and well-being, and the effectiveness of national governance. With the 14th Five-Year Plan as a guiding programmatic document, China will quickly pool the wisdom and efforts of its people to formulate feasible action plans. From November 9, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) set up a platform on its official website to solicit opinions and suggestions from the society for the 14th Five-Year Plan for two weeks. The resulting draft will be submitted to the National People's Congress (NPC) next year for examination. The Communist Party of China has always had a knack for making the country more prosperous by asking the people for advice.

What will China be like in 15 years?

Next year is an important to China, as we will complete the first centennial goal and begin to endeavour for the second. The plenary session thus probed into the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, which can be classified into eight categories. First, China aims to achieve major breakthroughs in key technologies and become a global leader in innovation. Second, new industrialization, IT application, urbanization, and agricultural modernization will be basically achieved. Third, the modernization of China's system and capacity for governance will be basically achieved. Fourth, the well-rounded development of all people and social etiquette and civility will be significantly enhanced. China's cultural soft power will grow much stronger. Fifth, eco-friendly ways of work and life will be advanced to cover all areas of society, and the goal of building a Beautiful China is basically reached. Sixth, the opening-up will reach a new stage. Seventh, the per capita GDP will reach the level of moderately developed countries. Disparities in urban-rural development, in development between regions, and in living standards will be significantly reduced. Finally, people will lead a better life, and more notable and substantial progress will be achieved in promoting well-rounded human development and achieving common prosperity for everyone. In a word, by 2035, China will have basically completed the building of a modern socialist country.

China's development is the World's opportunity

As the Chinese nation undergoes a great rejuvenation, China’s development has been a constant source of drive and opportunities for the development and prosperity of the world. Currently, China's contribution to world economic growth exceeds 30%. In the future, China will continue to make greater contributions to global development. Among all Middle East countries, the UAE has the deepest, broadest and most fruitful cooperation with China. The bilateral relation is at its best in history. Both the UAE and China have formulated long-term national development strategies, which will surely provide vast growth space for long-term cooperation that promotes mutual benefit and common development. With confidence in our hearts, let us strive to create a better future together through cooperation.

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