The 19th Party Congress just concluded with the election of the new leadership. As expected, the lineup reflects solid support for Xi Jingping in his second term.
Xi Jingping Thought = Socialism With Chinese Characteristics For A New Era
The Party Congress consolidated Xi Jingping’s power and elevated his status to the level of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, by incorporating his thought into the Party Constitution. It is called “Xi Jingping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era”.
At the Congress, Xi declared that China has entered a new era. In the new era, the principal contradiction has shifted from attaining sufficient livelihood for the people to achieving the proper social balance and improving the quality of life to meet the people’s new expectation. Now that China is on the verge of eradicating poverty, the new challenge is to close the gap between the rich and the poor, clean up the environment, continue to fight corruption, improve housing, healthcare and education, and upgrade the quality of the social, cultural and spiritual lives for the masses.
Unity and Confidence
The first One-Hundred-Year Goal set for 2021 of attaining a moderately prosperous society（or general well-being）is now practically assured. The second One-Hundred-Year Goal is now split into two periods. The original target of reaching the average per capita GDP of “moderately developed country” by 2049 has been advanced to 2035. The new target, to be attained by 2050, is to become “a modernised socialist nation” that is prosperous and strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful. The last description is newly added, referring to “blue sky, clean water”.
China has not seen the unity that is now evident among the general population as well as the political quarters for at least a century. The accomplishments of Xi Jingping’s administration in the first five years are met with universal approval. The anti-corruption campaign and new discipline in the Party and the military are particularly welcomed. The strengthening in the economic cores, the growth in industrial prowess and innovation, the astonishing advances in science and technology, and the projection of China’s constructive role in a hopeful future for a world of shared destinies, all contributed to a communal sense of confidence and optimism. The atmosphere is very positive at the moment.
There is premonition shared by most intelligent people I know. And that is： the exciting progress is only just beginning, even as the roads ahead may yet be bumpy.