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UPDATED: 17:24, October 12, 2006
Editorial on importance of building socialist harmonious society
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People's Daily, the leading Chinese newspaper, on Thursday issues an editorial entitled "Working Hard to Build Socialist Harmonious Society" to hail Wednesday's conclusion of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 16th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

The editorial says that the 6th plenary session of 16th CPC Central Committee has fulfilled its anticipated tasked and come to a victorious conclusion.

The 6th session is a very important meeting at a crucial period of China's reform and development, notes the editorial. It heard and discussed a work report delivered by General Secretary Hu Jintao on behalf of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and fully affirmed the work of the Political Bureau since the Fifth Plenary Session of 16th CPC Central Committee.

The session, proceeding from the general blueprint of the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the overall situation in building a relatively affluent society in an all-round way, analyzed the present situation and tasks, and adopted the Resolution on Some Major Issues regarding the Building of a Harmonious Socialist Society. It is a programmatic document of major guiding significance for building a harmonious socialist society and it embodies the common aspiration of the whole Party and the people of all ethnicities across China. The resolution has inherited, enriched and developed the scientific theory of socialism and opened up a new vista for the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.

The resolution enunciates the character and orientation of socialist harmonious society in a comprehensive and deep-going way and emphasizes that the harmonious society China is currently building is one shared by the whole people marching on the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the leadership of the CPC. The resolution also defines the guiding concept, objectives, tasks, principles and major steps involved the construction of such a society.

The correct guiding ideology should be adhered to in construction of a harmonious socialist society, says the editorial. Social harmonious society, in essence, represents a salient feature of the socialism with Chinese characteristics, the crucial guarantee for China's prosperity, the revitalization of the Chinese nation, the happiness of the Chinese people and the goal of the Party's unremitting efforts.

Building a harmonious society is a major strategic task under the guidance of Marxism, Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Important Thought of "Three Represents," the editorial adds. It is imperative to adhere to the Party's basic political line, basic program and basic experience. To achieve these goals, more strenuous efforts shall be made to coordinate economic and social development, promote social equity and justice, for a set of common aspirations, ideals and moral codes for the whole society, to strengthen social affairs management and services, and create harmonious social relations and the unity between the humankind and the nature.

In building a harmonious society, it is essential to observe and keep to correct principles, the editorial acknowledges. The principle of "people coming first" has to be followed, namely, the development is for the sake of the people and to rely on their efforts, and its outcome should be shared by the people and for their common development.

In building a harmonious socialist society, it is also necessary to bring into full play the Party's kernel and leading role, the editorial says. As China is now amid a critical period, China's economic setup and social structure are undergoing profound changes along with in-depth changes in social ideology and concepts. Such unprecedented social changes will naturally bring tremendous vitality to the country's development and progress along with a host of contradictions and problems.

The construction of a harmonious society constitutes a major strategic task, for which China has favorable conditions with a historic opportunity, but the nation also bears heavy responsibilities, the editorial notes.

Moreover, the entire Party and its members are urged to rally round the Party Central Committee with Hu Jintao as its general secretary to implement the scientific outlook of development, strive to build a harmonious society and keep up exploration and innovation, so as to greet the upcoming 17th CPC National Congress with their concrete deeds.

By People's Daily Online

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