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"China’s spirit", a "Great Wall" at heart built to ward off global crisis
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15:57, July 30, 2009

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The vigorous growth of China's economy has been affected to a great extent by the global financial crisis, which originated from developed Western nations and led to a global economic downturn. Under the leadership of the Communist Party, the people in China brace up to cope with the financial crisis and have scored marked successes to the worldwide attention.

China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 9 percent last year, the highest growth rate the world ever recorded in the year. Its GDP exceeded 30 trillion yuan or approximately 4.4 trillion US dollars in 2008, rising from the fourth highest one in the world from the third. China’s GDP was up 6.1 percent in the first three months this year, retaining the highest globally.

Chinese economy rebounded to 7.9 percent in the second quarter this year, indicating a relatively apparent upturn trend, according to figures released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics. So, the prospects for "assuring" an 8-percent growth in 2009 are bright and promising. This situation in China is in sharp contrast with Western developed nations, where the economic growth has kept sliding.

"China's latest economic statistics inspire the whole world", "China's economy could possibly be the first to walk out of the economic crisis" and "China will become a new engine for the world economic growth". In face of its upbeat economic recovery, the international community has enunciated from a variety of angles the boundless vitality of Chinese economy and proceed to explain and analyze the "China road" and "China model".

Nevertheless, no adequate heed has been given to the motive force for the vigorous growth of Chinese economy or to "China's spirit", namely, the "spiritual" connotation of the "China road" and "China model".

Why is China's economy able to develop with vim and vigor despite the adverse currents, forge ahead and retain a relatively fast growth momentum against an onslaught of financial crisis? This, however, is ascribed not only to the "China road" but also "China's spirit". It is precisely owed to “China's spirit” that has given rise to the resolved effort in face of risks, the capability to harmonize or manage the complex qualities of interaction and the courage to turn danger or risks into opportunity.

Such uplifting spirit amazed the world during a devastating earthquake that jolted southwestern China on May 12, 2008; such uplifting spirit shined with dazzling splendors in the unprecedented Beijing Olympics held from August 8-24 last year in the national capital; and such “China spirit” once again demonstrates the might in an ongoing endeavor to counter the financial crisis. This is precisely where lie China's good "resonance" and great power to overcome the crisis.

"China's spirit" means precisely a historical initiative with a great foresight;
"China's spirit" means precisely a united, cohesive great power to tide over the hard times;
"China's spirit" means precisely the heroism to forge ahead in the face of difficulty or hardship;
"China's spirit" means precisely the constancy of purpose to take the helm of the future and be keen on making progress and;
"China's spirit" means precisely the broadmindedness, being generous, open-minded and magnanimous, and ready to shoulder responsibilities.

In face of the financial crisis, China's leadership, government officials, entrepreneurs and ordinary people alike show their full self-confidence, and the whole of China strives to overcome the ongoing crisis, acknowledge some high-level figures from the Western political and economic spheres after winding up their China trips recently, and the entire nation has been working hard to overcome the crisis, and they said they really envy China.

They envy China's superb performance in face of the crisis and the "China road" and "China model" with great charisma the Chinese people displayed in the course of coping with the crisis as well as "China's spirit" -- the kind of solid, unbreakable "Great Wall" at heart to ward of the financial crisis.

"China's spirit" constitutes the intellectual assets of the Chinese nation, which also belongs to the whole humanity. The endeavor the nation has plunged into to give heed to, understand and promote this great spirit of China's is not only needed by the objective reality but is of far-reaching importance.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by Liao Yan

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