China Focus: China's State Council holds National Day reception

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Saturday, 02 October 2021 16:20

The Communist Party of China and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, attend a reception to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China along with nearly 500 guests from home and abroad in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 30, 2021. China's State Council on Thursday held the reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council on Thursday held a reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The reception, held a day ahead of the National Day, was attended by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, as well as nearly 500 guests from home and abroad.

Premier Li Keqiang addressed the reception, while Vice Premier Han Zheng presided over it.

This year marks the centenary of the CPC. Under the leadership of the CPC, China has achieved outstanding development over the past 72 years that has attracted the world's attention, particularly completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and embarking on the new quest to fully build a modern socialist country, Li said.

Noting that this year is the first year in China's 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2015), Li stated that China, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, has coordinated epidemic response with social and economic development, and has effectively responded to the complex and grave international environment, as well as multiple other challenges from COVID-19 and severe floods.

China's economic performance has enjoyed sustained recovery and growth and people's living standards have kept improving, Li said.

"On our way ahead, we still face many difficulties and challenges, and the journey remains long toward realizing the second centenary goal," Li said, stressing that development is the foundation and key to overcoming all challenges.

To foster a new development paradigm and promote high-quality development, efforts should be made to implement regular epidemic prevention and anchor reasonable expectations, with focuses on scientific and technological innovation, expanding domestic demand and rural vitalization, Li noted.

He said reform and opening-up is China's fundamental state policy, which also serves as the key source of momentum for China's future development. He underlined the need to deepen reform across the board and achieve more significant progress on reforms in key areas and sectors.

Li stressed the commitment to reforms oriented toward the socialist market economy and higher-level opening-up on an institutional basis, and called for efforts to create a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment.

A raft of measures should be taken to create more jobs, promote equal opportunities, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation and increase urban and rural personal incomes, Li said.

Li urged efforts to fully and faithfully implement the principles of "one country, two systems," "the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong," "the people of Macao governing Macao," and a high degree of autonomy for both regions.

Calling for actions to safeguard sovereignty, security and the development interests of the country, and measures to promote common development and progress of Hong Kong, Macao and the mainland, Li highlighted the need to continuously improve people's wellbeing and ensure long-term stability and prosperity.

He stressed adherence to the overall principles and policies on work related to Taiwan and upholding the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, while promoting the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and advancing national reunification for the benefit of people across the Taiwan Strait.

Li also urged moves to firmly oppose and deter any "Taiwan independence" separatist activities and external interference, calling on people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to make joint efforts to achieve national rejuvenation.

China will step up exchanges and cooperation with other countries to jointly tackle global challenges and promote the recovery and growth of the world economy, Li vowed.

Li closed his speech by calling for rallying more closely around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core and unremitting efforts to build China into a great modern socialist country and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation. 

Xi stresses green, low-carbon path for energy industry development

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:37

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, learns about the progress in making comprehensive use of coal amid circular economy at a chemical company during his inspection tour of Yulin City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Sept. 13, 2021. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

XI'AN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has stressed efforts to develop the country's energy industry, noting that such development should follow a green and low-carbon path.

Xi made the remarks on Monday while visiting a chemical enterprise under the China Energy Investment Corporation in Yulin City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

Xi Focus-Quotable Quotes: Xi Jinping on patriotism

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Monday, 14 June 2021 10:32

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) -- On Monday, China celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional festival observed to commemorate Qu Yuan, a well-known patriotic poet from ancient China.

Qu wrote many poems that expressed his concern for the country and people, which have been cited by President Xi Jinping on multiple occasions.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has stressed the virtue of patriotism many times. The following are some highlights of his remarks:

-- The love for one's motherland is the deepest and most enduring sentiment in the world.

-- Patriotism is the core of the Chinese national ethos.

-- Patriotism has always been a source of spiritual strength that firmly unites the Chinese nation.

-- Patriotism is not a mere slogan. A patriot is one who closely intertwines his/her own ideals with the future of the country, and his/her life with the fate of the nation.

-- In contemporary China, the essence of patriotism is loving the country, the Party and socialism all at the same time.

-- Patriotism is the foundation on which young Chinese people in the new era can become winners in life.

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-06/14/c_1310006661.htm

GLOBALink | CPC remains committed to serving the people (VIDEO)

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Friday, 30 April 2021 19:54

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has led the Chinese people to create economic miracles and long-term social stability. How does the CPC remain committed to serving the people? #CPCcentenary

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Special study unveils what China has to share on fighting poverty

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Monday, 01 March 2021 14:37

BEIJING, March. 1 (Xinhua) -- China's history-making success in poverty alleviation has gone beyond established anti-poverty theories and can provide fresh perspectives and experiences for the global fight against poverty, said a research paper released on Sunday.

The poverty reduction miracle has given birth to a new field of study, according to the report titled "Chinese Poverty Alleviation Studies: A Political Economy Perspective" released by New China Research, the think tank of Xinhua News Agency.

 The report, drawing on Chinese President Xi Jinping's discourses on poverty alleviation as the ideological and theoretical foundations, decodes the "winning formula" in China's anti-poverty fight, explores the rationale behind the fight and discusses its global implications.

 "Based on our national conditions and following the law of poverty reduction, China has adopted a series of extraordinary policies and measures and constructed a whole set of systems covering policy, work and institutions, blazing a poverty reduction path and forming an anti-poverty theory with Chinese characteristics," it cited Xi as saying.

 The report summarized Xi's discourses on poverty alleviation as "seven upholds": upholding the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a people-centric approach, joint actions to tackle challenges, a strategy for precision, self-reliance, shared development, and a realistic and pragmatic approach.

 THE "WINNING FORMULA"

 Over the past eight years, China's final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents living under the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty. The country has met the poverty eradication target set in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule.

 A "winning formula" in China's poverty alleviation efforts was holding onto positive dialectical thinking and improving the pro-poor market mechanism under the guidance of the government, said the report.

 In China, the "burden" of poverty has been turned into a source of potential, and human and natural resources in poor areas have become a means to achieve common development and prosperity, it said.

 By capitalizing on local natural resources, many poverty-stricken areas have developed various businesses and subsequently boosted local economic growth and created job opportunities, the report finds.

 From a political economy perspective, a key approach of China's poverty reduction is to maintain the goal of national common prosperity by building a "pro-poor market" in which the government, market and society jointly work to emancipate the productivity of the poor and make them contributors to growth.

 In precise poverty alleviation, the "visible hand" of a capable government is not a "restless hand" but an essential "enabling hand," the report said, noting that an effective pro-poor market is not a distortion of the market, but a reconstruction of the market.

 Private enterprises, social organizations, and individual citizens are the three new forces of poverty alleviation work in China, while wealthy locals, migrant workers and businessmen, and college graduates from poor areas in China have also played significant roles, the report noted. 

 POWERFUL CULTURAL DRIVE

 Throughout China's poverty fight runs the Chinese traditional culture of helping the poor and those in need, as well as a "world sentiment" that calls for the building of a community with a shared future for humanity, according to the report.

 Throughout the 5,000-year history of Chinese civilization, the idea of common prosperity has been regarded as a quality of an ideal society, it said.

 China is not only a modern success, but also an outstanding ancient civilization. China must build its future without abandoning its past, observes Amartya Sen, the Nobel laureate in economics.

 The report stressed that China's poverty-alleviation experience and programs, based on practice and extensive international exchanges, have not only advanced poverty alleviation and development theories, but also reflected a "world sentiment" of building a community with a shared future for humanity.

 Such a "world sentiment" has long been an important value for China to follow in promoting the cause of global poverty alleviation. China is committed to reaching out to others and helping the world.

 This "global view," which transcends ideology, the nation-state and political parties, is a "Chinese proposal" for promoting the cause of poverty reduction in the world, it said.

 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE WORLD

 Calling China a "learner, beneficiary and innovator of global poverty alleviation theories," the report summarized foreign experts' views of Chinese inspirations for the world as "5Ds:" Determined Leadership, Detailed Blueprint, Development Oriented, Data-based Governance and Decentralized Delivery.

 "There is no doubt that poverty alleviation is a vivid manifestation of the leadership of the CPC," the report highlighted the top leader's determined will, which creates a strong national will and drives the allocation of resources, as well as the leadership of the 91-million-member CPC.

 With the common goal of eradicating absolute poverty, several generations of Chinese leaderships have drawn strategic blueprints and led the nation in successive struggles, which ensured policy continuity and spurred the entire country to work together toward a unified goal.

 Meanwhile, China has long prioritized economic development in its poverty fight, which is combined with proactive, precise poverty reduction practices that directly pass on the benefits of economic development to every poor household and eliminate poverty completely.

 In the fight against poverty, the Chinese government has also attached particular importance to the development of big data and the digital economy and emphasized the application of advanced digital management, which made China's poverty alleviation success possible in a relatively short period of time.

 Last but not least, the report attributed the effective implementation of poverty alleviation policies to the "decentralized" nature of China's governance structure, featuring many improvisations at subnational levels to implement national policies.

 Besides experience sharing, China has committed itself to the global combat against absolute poverty by participating in assistance programs, supporting "capacity development" projects and advocating a shared-solutions approach, according to the report.

 "China, based on its own experience and theoretical ideas in poverty alleviation, is giving back to the human cause of ending poverty and providing a new reference for other countries and regions," it said. 

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-03/01/c_139773881.htm

China Focus: New CPC leadership for new era

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 18:18

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled a newleadership line-up Wednesday to lead the world's most populous nation toward a great modern socialist country. 
   Xi Jinping was again elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, leading its seven-seat Political Bureau Standing Committee. 
   The other six members of the top leadership are Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng. 
   They were elected at the first plenum of the 19th CPC Central Committee following the 19thCPC National Congress, a new historic starting point for the Party to realize its ambitious blueprint for the nation's great revival. 
   During the twice-a-decade congress which concluded Tuesday, the CPC declared a "newera" of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It enshrined Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the CPC Constitution as a new component of the Party's action guide. 
   Xi was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee for the first time at the first plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee in late 2012. 
   At a key plenum of the CPC Central Committee in 2016, Xi's status as the Party's core was endorsed. 
   Before him, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin had been given the core status. 
   The new CPC leaders who took the stage Wednesday are the helmsmen leading the Chinese toward the country's new era goals of basically realizing socialist modernization by 2035 and building a great modern socialist country by the middle of this century. 
   "The leadership reshuffle of the CPC, the world's biggest political party, is an answer to the needs of the Party and the nation for the development of their causes," said Yang Fengcheng, professor at Renmin University of China and a researcher on CPC history. 
   "The new CPC leaders are good at learning and bold in practice," said Yang, who is also chief editor of the book "Keys to the Success of the Communist Party of China." 
   For the first time, all Standing Committee members of the Political Bureau were born after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. 
   They began their political careers around the time of the launch of reform and opening up in 1978, which imprinted them with the mark of the era when China's economy began to take off, following a decade of turmoil during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). 
   As a staunch reformist, Xi has launched more than 1,500 reform measures over the past five years -- unprecedented in their coverage and depth. 
   The other six Standing Committee members have also been active practitioners of reform and opening up policies. 
   Either at the central government or the local level, all members have driven an array of major reforms, explored theories, and solved deep-rooted problems with open minds, foresight and innovative thinking. 
   The new leaders are widely seen as having firm ideals and convictions, strong loyalty to the Party and deep love for the country. 
   All of them have received higher education and demonstrated in-depth understanding of philosophy and strategic thinking, with a relatively high level of theoretical thinking. Many have published academic papers, or even books, during their careers. 
   The seven leaders have accumulated rich experience in practice. They are viewed as having a good sense of the times and caring about the people. 
   Xi, for example, started his political career 44 years ago. Over the past five years, he has spent 151 days on 50 local inspection tours around the country. 
   Other leaders also have extensive experience working at the grassroots level and have been promoted to senior posts due to their excellent performance and good reputations. 
   Most of the seven leaders have worked in both well-off coastal areas in the east and less-developed central and western regions. 
   A number of them have played pivotal roles in the fight against poverty and successfully tackled difficult and risky issues in the fields of economic development, people's welfare, urban management, the anti-corruption campaign and industrial transformation. 
   Moreover, the new leaders have a deeper understanding of opening up and win-win development, with broader global vision and abundant experience in dealing with international issues. 
   For the past five years, the CPC leadership has been seen as a major driving force behind economic globalization. 
   "The new CPC leadership is a strong, goal-oriented team with acute awareness of problems and the ability to stand firm in practice," said Han Qingxiang, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee. 
   "They have been flexible and at the same time principled when dealing with problems. They have never forgotten why they started and have always pressed forward in the face of challenges at home and abroad," he noted. 
   Chen Yiwei, a delegate to the congress, is full of hope. 
   "The new leaders have rich experience and a strong sense of responsibility," he said. "I believe that with the guidance of the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, they can lead the Party and the nation to blaze new trails, overcome difficulties and accomplish the glorious missions in the new era." 

CPC promises "a better life" for its people in key report

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 17:17

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has vowed to satisfy the people's desire for "a better life" and written the idea into a key political document, as the latest assertion of the Party's people-centered approach.

The Chinese phrase "mei hao sheng huo", which can be translated as "a better life" or "a happy life", appeared 14 times, including in both the opening section and the last paragraph, in a report given by Xi Jinping on Wednesday at the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress.

The report at the five-yearly congress is considered the most important political speech in China.

This year's report said socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and it draws up a two-stage development plan to build China into a "great modern socialist country" by mid-21st century, around the centennial of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

One of the key messages from Xi's report, a verdict on the principal issue facing Chinese society, has the word in it.

"What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life," Xi told more than 2,300 delegates from all walks of life attending the congress.

The needs to be met for the people to live a better life are increasingly broad, according to Xi.

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 also increasing, he said.

It is not the first time that Xi has used the word "mei hao sheng huo."

"To meet the people's desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi said when meeting the press after being elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012.

Xi's statement was chimed later by the CPC's repeated pledge for a "people-centered approach", which is in line with the Party's fundamental purpose of wholeheartedly serving the people.

Also five years ago, the residents' per capita income was added into China's economic growth target, but the Party is determined to take care of more than the people's material needs.

It invested enormous efforts over past years into eliminating poverty, creating jobs and combating pollution in the world's most populous nation.

More than 60 million people have been lifted out of poverty since 2012. During the same period, an average of over 13 million urban jobs were created each year.

A "Beautiful China" initiative has been launched. Xi's quote, "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets," has struck home and been championed by many officials as well as ordinary people.

For years to come, the Party vows to develop socialist democracy, strengthen cultural soft power, continue to build a beautiful China, improve the people's well-being and develop new approaches to social governance.

The CPC has announced it aims to see that socialist modernization is basically realized by 2035, and to develop China into "a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful" by mid-21st century.

By the end of the second stage, China will be "a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence" and the Chinese people will "enjoy happier, safer, and healthier lives."

 

 

Xi pledges "sweeping victory" in anti-corruption

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:48

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) will secure a "sweeping victory" in its fight against corruption to avoid the historical cycle of rise and fall, Xi Jinping said Wednesday at the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress.

Calling corruption "the greatest threat" the Party faces, Xi said the fight against corruption never ends and currently remains grave and complex. "We must remain as firm as a rock in our resolve to build on the overwhelming momentum and secure a sweeping victory," he said.

Xi reaffirmed the Party's zero tolerance for corruption, saying both those who take bribes and those who offer them will be punished and interest groups will be prevented from arising within the Party.

Xi also said wherever offenders may flee, they shall be brought back and brought to justice.

The Party will work for the adoption of national anti-corruption legislation and create a corruption reporting platform that covers both disciplinary inspection commissions and supervision agencies, he said

The Party will enhance deterrence so that officials dare not commit corruption, strengthen the institutional cage so that they have no way to commit corruption, and raise their consciousness of staying away from corruption, he said.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in late 2012, more than 280 centrally-administered officials were investigated. More than 1.4 million Party members or officials received punishment.

STRENGTHENED OVERSIGHT SYSTEMS

Xi said China will set up supervisory commissions at the national, provincial, city, and county levels, which share offices and work together with the Party's disciplinary inspection commissions.

Supervisory commissions will be given responsibilities, powers, and means of investigation in accordance with law.

A national supervision law will be formulated.

Xi said this will ensure that supervision covers everyone in the public sector who exercises public power.

Shuanggui, an intra-party disciplinary practice that requires a Party member under investigation to cooperate with questioning at a designated place and a designated time, will be replaced by detention as the reform of the national supervision system deepens.

A more powerful synergy for oversight will be created by integrating intra-party oversight with oversight by state organs, democratic oversight, judicial oversight, public oversight, and oversight through public opinion, he said.

 

China Focus: CPC speeds up modernization drive toward "great" socialist China

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:24

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping on Wednesday painted a particularly optimistic outlook for the future of the world's second-largest economy in an effort to substantiate the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, promising a "great modern socialist country" by the middle of this century.

Addressing the opening session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi spelled out a two-stage development plan for the country in front of more than 2,300 delegates selected from 89 million Party members.

By the mid-21st century, new heights are expected to be reached in every dimension of material, political, cultural and ethical, social, ecological and military advancement.

China will become "a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence," Xi told an applauding audience, which included senior Party and government officials as well as grassroots representatives such as workers and farmers.

Xi's grand ambitions far exceed previous expectations for that period.

Previous plans -- often framed as the country's second centenary goal marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China -- only spoke of "a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious."

As Xi set a higher goal for about 30 years from now, the country's modernization drive is picking up speed.

In his speech, Xi said China will build on the foundation created by the "moderately prosperous society" with another 15 years of hard work, to ensure that socialist modernization is basically realized by 2035.

It will be the first time in history that over one billion people are lifted into modernity in such a short period of time.

By that point, the country's economic and technological strength will have increased significantly, and rule of law for the country, the government, and society will be basically in place.

Part of Xi's modernization drive includes developing a modernized economy by furthering supply-side structural reform, building China into a manufacturer of quality and developing advanced manufacturing, and by protecting entrepreneurship and encouraging innovation.

He also envisioned stronger cultural soft power, greater appeal of Chinese culture by 2035, and a better environment.

On the military front, the modernization of national defense and the armed forces will be basically completed by 2035, and by the mid-21st century, the military should be fully transformed into world-class forces, Xi told the session.

In many ways, the twice-a-decade gathering, the most important event on China's political calendar, will mark a milestone in the history of the CPC and the Chinese nation.

A new leadership -- whose five-year term will extend beyond 2020 when the building of a moderately prosperous society is expected to be finished -- will be elected, and the CPC Constitution will be amended.

Experts widely believe China has entered an era with the greatest composite national strength since the Opium War around 1840, which plunged China into the darkness of foreign aggression and domestic turmoil.

In particular, the great progress registered by the world's second-largest economy over the past five years has offered the momentum for China to achieve its modernization goals.

In the past five years, China's GDP rose from 54 trillion to 80 trillion yuan, contributing more than 30 percent of global economic growth.

Meanwhile, more than 60 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Over 1,500 reform measures have been launched, establishing general frameworks for reform in major fields and lending greater impetus for growth.

"This is a new historic juncture in China's development," Xi said. "Scientific socialism is full of vitality in 21st-century China."

But China is still facing severe challenges and will long remain in the primary stage of socialism. Its international status as the world's largest developing country has not changed.

"Some acute problems caused by unbalanced and inadequate development await solutions; and the quality and effect of development are not what they should be," Xi said.

China's ability to innovate needs to be stronger, the real economy awaits improvement, and the country has a long way to go in protecting the environment.

"We must devote great energy to addressing development's imbalances and inadequacies, and push hard to improve the quality and effect of development," Xi said.

"Achieving national rejuvenation will be no walk in the park," he continued. "It will take more than drum beating and gong clanging to get there."

CPC promises "a better life" for its people in key report

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 11:05

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) has vowed to satisfy the people's desire for "a better life" and written the idea into a key political document, as the latest assertion of the Party's people-centered approach.

The Chinese phrase "mei hao sheng huo", which can be translated as "a better life" or "a happy life", appeared 14 times, including in both the opening section and the last paragraph, in a report given by Xi Jinping on Wednesday at the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress.

The report at the five-yearly congress is considered the most important political speech in China.

This year's report said socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, and it draws up a two-stage development plan to build China into a "great modern socialist country" by mid-21st century, around the centennial of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

One of the key messages from Xi's report, a verdict on the principal issue facing Chinese society, has the word in it.

"What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life," Xi told more than 2,300 delegates from all walks of life attending the congress.

The needs to be met for the people to live a better life are increasingly broad, according to Xi.

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 also increasing, he said.

It is not the first time that Xi has used the word "mei hao sheng huo."

"To meet the people's desire for a happy life is our mission," Xi said when meeting the press after being elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012.

Xi's statement was chimed later by the CPC's repeated pledge for a "people-centered approach", which is in line with the Party's fundamental purpose of wholeheartedly serving the people.

Also five years ago, the residents' per capita income was added into China's economic growth target, but the Party is determined to take care of more than the people's material needs.

It invested enormous efforts over past years into eliminating poverty, creating jobs and combating pollution in the world's most populous nation.

More than 60 million people have been lifted out of poverty since 2012. During the same period, an average of over 13 million urban jobs were created each year.

A "Beautiful China" initiative has been launched. Xi's quote, "Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets," has struck home and been championed by many officials as well as ordinary people.

For years to come, the Party vows to develop socialist democracy, strengthen cultural soft power, continue to build a beautiful China, improve the people's well-being and develop new approaches to social governance.

The CPC has announced it aims to see that socialist modernization is basically realized by 2035, and to develop China into "a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful" by mid-21st century.

By the end of the second stage, China will be "a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence" and the Chinese people will "enjoy happier, safer, and healthier lives." 

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