CPC commitment in new era: a better life

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/23 23:33:16

In his report at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping redefined the principal contradiction facing Chinese society in the new era, namely between unbalanced, inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life. Providing this better life has become a new pursuit of the CPC. The concept of "better life" is more extensive and advanced than previous "ever-growing material and cultural needs of the people."

A better life is not only based on increasingly abundant material and cultural products, but also includes people's value judgments. People of different social groups and ranks have divergent understandings of "better life" and it's a brave expedition for the ruling party to embark upon in its efforts to satisfy people's ever-growing thirst for a better life.

Xi's report depicted a "great modern socialist country" in 2050 as "prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful," incorporating "Beautiful China" into the development plan. This immediately reminds people of environmental and ecological construction. Environmental governance, including pollution alleviation, is now one of the most prominent demands of the people.

Making construction of a better life the general direction of China's modernization drive complies with the aspirations of the people. It is a real challenge but also a realistic mission. The ruling party's work and the whole country's cause are indeed people-centered, and the fundamental purpose of China's socialist system is enacting the blueprint of the country's development.

Socialism with Chinese characteristics is increasingly abundant and mature, and the goals of the country benefit all society. It has been almost a century since the Communist Party of China was established. The Party dedicated itself to the founding of the People's Republic of China from the outset and has explored socialist construction ever since. China had made tremendous achievements in construction, and meanwhile accumulated experiences and lessons from political setbacks.

When reform and opening-up started, the Party correctly defined the then-principal social contradiction and promoted mass production capacity to meet the public's material and cultural needs. The Party's efforts realized fruition during decades of construction as China's per capita income rose from a few hundred dollars to more than $8,000, reaching the level of a middle-income country. As the country continues to progress, the public now has a new request. The 19th Party Congress is responding to that with new statements on the principal social contradiction and guiding society's understanding of a new era.

To build a better life, we need to build the country into a great modern socialist country and get support and recognition of the people. It won't be just a short-term lofty slogan, but a comprehensive and high-standard construction the likes of which have not been seen in human history. It will be tested by the people, the country and history.

Since reform and opening-up, the grand strategic planning of the Party has been well implemented across generations. The aim of building a moderately prosperous society has been carried out for three decades. Building a great modern socialist country will guide all Chinese people through future decades, writing a new epic of socialist China.

In many other countries, serving the people is an empty promise, but in China people are precisely the focus of politics. It is their needs that form the entire focus of all policy. This is socialism. To build a better life is the Party's commitment to the people in a new era.

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