19th Congress of CPC opens in Beijing

Xi Jinping delivering his address

Xi Jinping delivering his address

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has rolled out the “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and embarked on a journey to build a “great modern socialist country” as its 19th National Congress opened Wednesday.

Delivering a report at the opening session, Xi Jinping outlined a two-step approach to build China into a great modern socialist country after the completion of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020.

Hailing the historic achievements in reform, opening up, and socialist modernisation in the past five years, Xi said socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era.

“This is a new historic juncture in China’s development.”

According to Xi’s report, China will see that socialist modernisation is basically realised from 2020 to 2035.

From 2035 to the mid-21st century, China will be developed into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.

By then, China will become a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence.

Common prosperity for everyone will be basically achieved, Xi told more than 2,300 delegates attending the country’s most important political meeting in five years.

The two-step approach is an important component of the new Thought, a long-term guide to action that the Party must adhere to and develop.

The Thought builds on and further enriches Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development.

It represents the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, Xi said.

Xi listed a 14-point basic policy that underpins the endeavors to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

The principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved to be that between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, Xi said.
Now the needs to be met for the people to live a better life are increasingly broad.
Not only have their material and cultural needs grown, their demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment are increasing, Xi said.

The report draws up a roadmap of developing a modernized economy and socialist democracy, building stronger cultural confidence and improving the people’s wellbeing.

“We must regard as our goal the people’s aspirations to live a better life,” Xi said. -Xinhua

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