The seventh plenary session of the 17th Central Committee of the CPC marks the prelude to the 18th National Congress of the CPC. The US, on the other side of the Pacific, is wrapping up its election campaign. Both powers are undergoing a transition in leadership, leading the world to compare the two.
The US election is undoubtedly bustling with excitement, but China's political event is getting its fair share of attention. China is rapidly developing. The Congress needs to lead the Chinese people over every obstacle during the country's development process.
Chinese people care about who will hold top posts after the Congress. After all, what concerns them the most is whether key reform and opening-up policies will be carried out effectively in the long run.
Due to diversified opinions and an ever-changing economic environment, courage and wisdom are needed to carry out the right reforms.
There has been a flood of media coverage about China's reforms of late. This reflects the determination of Chinese society. After 30 years of practice, the notion of reform is much wider than originally anticipated.
China's reforms are supported by its past achievements. Those who object to reform are in the minority.
Mainstream views in China often group reform, development and stability together. Gradually, the three concepts have become compatible with each other. When people talk about reform, they also include development and stability. When they refer to stability, they always accept that it must be realized through reform and development.
But in practice, one will always take priority over another and the three may clash. Our national policy seeks comprehensive development. Reform could come faster, but development must keep pace with reform for stability to be sustained.
A highly centralized system has existed for over 2,000 years in China. The reforms made since 1978 are trying to make a breakthrough, which offers room for economic and social development.
China's political system is like a remote. It does not always press the right buttons but is generally successful.
Unlike 30 years ago, a policy can hardly be popular among all Chinese people now and it's difficult to say if each policy will always bring more benefits than setbacks.
Even so, Chinese society still supports reforms overall. The public supports a country that is moving forward, solving problems, and innovating. Individuals move to developed areas in the search for a better lifestyle. The desire for change at all levels of society has become an important driving force for China's reform.
A country that dedicates itself to reform will not be stuck in a rut. As people's understanding of reform evolves, it will help the country carry out reforms in the long term. The scale of China's reform is huge but has a strong track record. There is no reason that China to stop now.