Friday, October 20, 2017

Report is road map to nation’s dream

For those desiring a heads-up on the future orientation of the Communist Party of China, and thus that of the country, there can be no better guide than the report…

For those desiring a heads-up on the future orientation of the Communist Party of China, and thus that of the country, there can be no better guide than the report General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered to the 19th National Congress on Wednesday. Arguably the most watched of its kind in recent times, Xi’s speech may have attracted so much global interest in part because of its timing; coming as it did at a moment when the entire world is looking for clues as to how China will wield its newfound influence. This need has been met, since Xi’s report is the CPC’s most comprehensive road map for its own, and the country’s development, to date. It is also the authoritative source for answers to the many questions that have arisen so far. Thus the report assumes a distinct place in the annals of CPC history because it goes above and beyond the regular charting of the course for the next five years. It is a momentous report since it signals that the ruling party’s governance philosophy, included in the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, has not been updated, but rather upgraded. For the first time since the concept of “socialism with Chinese characteristics” was proposed in Deng Xiaoping’s speech inaugurating the 12th CPC National Congress in 1982, all the strategic arrangements laid out in the report derive from new historical coordinates. For the past almost four decades, the definition of the “principal contradiction” has been that between “the ever-growing material and cultural needs of the people and the backwardness of social production”. Xi’s report boiled down to two strategic judgments: That socialism with Chinese characteristics…

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