Chinese Dream linking China with the world

By Toumert Al Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/10 22:03:39

Illustration: Luo Xuan/GT

China is approaching a crucial moment with the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) gathering in Beijing on October 18, where major decisions will be taken about governance and political strategy for the next five years. It is important to look closely at the gains achieved since the last session in 2012, and to examine with an intellectual view the implications of good governance of the CPC as it paves the way for China to lead globally in a world of uncertainties.

China has always been and will be admired when it comes to its social and economic achievements. 

It has greatly reduced poverty, created a society with an equalitarian ideology according to the specifics of Chinese civilization, responded to a chaotic post World War II era that left millions of people suffering across the globe, and opened gradually its economy to the world to ensure that Chinese economic interests are preserved for the generations to come.

The CPC understood that while the gains of the past are bearing good results, the challenges of the 21st century are not the same as the ones encountered in the 20th century. There is a need for a new vision, a different type of revolution with Chinese characteristics entrenched in socialist ideology. 

In this new era, the Chinese Dream was born. The transformations taking place in China are revolutionary for every single aspect of the society.

Let us start with the rule of law. Under the new leadership, since 2013 reforms for a more transparent and responsive judicial system have taken place, new laws were introduced to safeguard the interests of the people and businesses, making officials accountable for their performance under the rule of law.

There we have the wellbeing of society. Indeed, that is a unique aspect of governance.

This is the Chinese Dream of a nation embarking on the 21st century. China's focus is no longer rooted in mere economic prosperity; it is now targeting sustainable, equitable progress.

This message has been translated into action. For example, China has made the first amendments to the country's environmental protection law in 25 years, giving  more power to environmental authorities and harsher punishments for polluters.

However, the deeper change from my own perspective as a scholar in Chinese history, was when the State Council announced in 2016 the launch of the new innovation development strategy during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

The focus is not only about giving attention to the traditional fields of science and technology but concentrating on the emerging technologies that will shape humanity as  a whole. We're talking here about leading the world in artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum physics and space exploration.

These are fields of destiny that China is setting its sights on.

The Chinese Dream as outlined by President Xi Jinping takes into account not only Chinese society, it also transcends the borders of Chinese civilization to bring hopes of a better future for humanity as a whole within the framework of respect, harmony and constructive cooperation.

We are talking about a vision and a legacy to sustain Chinese civilization beyond today and for generations to come.

Beijing is waiting with great attention the 19th CPC National Congress to set directives, propose legislation and shape the political future of the nation in line with the aspirations of the people.

The author is director of Education, International Bachelor Program at the International School under China Foreign Affairs University.


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