Xi as core reassures nation at critical time

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/30 23:48:39

The communiqué issued after the Sixth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) features a call for all CPC members to "closely unite around the Central Committee with comrade Xi Jinping as the core."

The new expression is a motivation to the entire nation. China's reform has entered the most critical stage with more challenges from both inside and outside. Any misstep might come with great costs. With Xi as the core, the Chinese people will feel reassured by having a backbone during the ongoing reform process.

China's rejuvenation is no less than the rise of a mega society, which is unparalleled. The process will be unprecedentedly arduous and challenging for the resilience and determination of the Chinese people.

After rapid growth for more than 30 years, China has encountered many structural problems, which calls for an urgent and holistic reform. However, the pains and costs the reform will bring about have bred some opposing voices from  within. Besides, the rest of the world has also raised a question about the sustainability of the Chinese economy, which is why there is speculation that the Chinese economy is collapsing.

The truth is that China still has a lot of untapped potential: it still lags behind developed countries in terms of the quality of industrialization; the livelihood of the Chinese people needs more improvement; the regional economy is still unbalanced; and innovation has not been fully activated to boost the economy. Addressing these problems will give impetus to China's development.

It is now or never that China must embark on the reform of its governing system. Political reform will affect some groups of vested interests, and it might put political and social stability at stake.

After three years, the anti-graft campaign is still in play. The trend in which officials "dare not be corrupt" is taking shape. But some still cherish an illusion that the campaign will be temporary. It requires enormous efforts to uproot the maladies embedded in the system and people's thoughts about power.

Pressures from the outside will grow. The US will project more military capabilities to subdue China. China must be brave, careful and wise to enhance its national defense.

China must go forward in a progressive and flexible manner, ensuring that other countries adapt to China's peaceful rise. China also needs to be determined and resolute to resolve conflicts between major powers.

Uniting around the Central Committee with Xi as the core is a touchstone that will guarantee the country will remain calm in the face of difficulties.

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