Wen: China to be developed, democratic, peaceful (2)

08:31, June 28, 2011      

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As to my country China, it has emerged from the financial crisis stronger and is now on a steady course of growth. Let me give you an example:

You may recall that on May 12, 2008, a devastating earthquake hit southwest China. Standing on the rubbles in Wenchuan, the epicenter of the quake, I said to the Chinese and foreign journalists, "Come back in three years' time, and you will see a new Wenchuan." Over the past three years, while fighting the global financial crisis, we have mobilized the whole country to carry out reconstruction in the earthquake areas. Last month, I visited these areas for the tenth time. I saw decent housing apartments, solid school buildings and modern hospitals, and the local people were pleased with the reconstruction. I hope you will visit Wenchuan, where you will be overwhelmed by the miraculous transformation, and you will personally experience China's vitality.

People outside China see the development and changes in China since reform and opening-up in different ways. There is also an intense interest in China's future path. I wish to take this opportunity to address this subject.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of China's reform and opening-up program, proposed a three-step strategy for China's modernization drive. The first step is to ensure adequate food and clothing for the people. The second step is to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. The third step is to achieve modernization and reach the level of medium developed countries by the middle of this century. The current period from 2010 to 2020 is a crucial one for China to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Putting people's interests first and promoting the wellbeing of the entire Chinese people -- this is what the three-step strategy is all about. Following this path of socialist modernization, China will embrace an even brighter future.

Tomorrow's China will be an economically advanced country with its people enjoying prosperity. To pursue economic development and improve people's lives has always been the top priority of the Chinese government. We will stick to scientific development, work hard to shift the model of economic development and achieve green, low-carbon and sustainable development. We will expand domestic demand, particularly consumer demand, fully tap into the potential for consumption of urban and rural population, and make consumption the fundamental driver of economic growth. We will redouble efforts to improve public welfare, create jobs, and develop education, health and other social programs on a priority basis. We will deepen the reform of income distribution, increase the income of urban and rural households and speed up the establishment of a social security system covering both urban and rural residents. We will ensure that what is achieved in development will be shared by the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

Science and technology hold the key to China's economic prosperity and sustainable development. The Chinese government has adopted the National Medium-and Long-Term Program for Science and Technology Development. Government R&D investment has reached nearly 100 billion U.S. dollars in the past five years, growing at an average annual rate of 22.7 percent. Under the 12th Five-Year Plan which starts this year, R&D funding as a percentage of China's GDP will rise to 2.2 percent from the current 1.75 percent. At the same time, we will accelerate the development of strategic emerging industries, with priority given to energy conservation, environmental protection, new generation of information technology, biotechnology, advanced equipment manufacturing, new energy, new materials and new energy powered automobile. These efforts will boost our development at present, and provide strong support for our development in the long run.
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