China to promote reform with greater resolve, courage

15:41, October 29, 2010      

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China's leading and most influential national newspaper, People's Daily, on Friday carries another prominent front-page commentator's article signed by Zheng Qingyuan, which is titled "To Promote Reform with Greater Resolve and Courage". The gist of the article is as following:

If the most salient feature of China's new era can be summed up with one phrase, and that would be the "reform and opening-up" beyond any doubt, since the reform is a most profound and in-depth revolution; the reform and opening to the outside world is China's consistent choice over the past three decades, as well as the contemporary China's main theme and the fundamental driving force to push forward the development of all undertakings.

The significance of the reform and opening up rests precisely with the effort to lead this great revolution in a nation with a population of nearly one quarter of the global population in giant strips to keep up with the times and to embark on the road of modernization.

The significance of reform and opening up also rests with the effort to lead China onto a unique correct road of development in continuous explorations and practices, and so "China's path of development" has enriched the options for modernization. In its magnificent social changes, China has explored a vibrant road for modernization and offered the world a new model of social formation and social system. When it took the lead in economic recovery during global financial crisis and when it hosted or presented to the world the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Paralympics and the World Expo 2010 Shanghai with flying colors, some Western media referred to China's road of development as having aroused a deeper sociological imagination and proved a most compatible model for social science.

Practice has given an eloquent proof that reform and opening-up is the only road for China's national prosperity and people's happiness." The orientation and path of reform and opening up are entirely correct and their merits and achievements can never be negated," according to the Report to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in late October 2007, and "to stop or reversed reform and opening up would only lead to a blind alley."

China's development progress over the past three decades rely on reform and opening up; the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the future will also rely on reform and opening up. Hence, only by pressing ahead reform and opening up, liberating the developing productive forces maximally, can the nation's socialist modernization program have an inexhaustible power.

Based on this consensus, the pace of China's reform has never ceased. As the per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) in the country is about to reach 4,000 U.S. dollars a year, a range of problems have surfaced. The nation's great development and major changes and adjustments have also brought new changes to global economic and political patterns and competition between nations in overall national strength is becoming increasingly fierce. Profound, in-depth developments in both world and domestic conditions have exposed people in China to complex situation in the reform and opening up, which has been "rare and unprecedented elsewhere in the world".

The more in such circumstance, the more China wants to explore and cherish the achievements scored in the course of reform and opening up, and the more China should unswervingly pursue the reform and open-up policy.

Today, China is again stands at a new starting point, which is the alternate point of two Five-Year plans, a major strategy opportunity and the continuous joint of its modernization process. For a period of time to come, China will, by stepping up the transformation of economic growth as the main line, would deepen the reform, win more space and access to power by making institutional innovations, and lay a foundation of vital importance for building a better-off society.

Reform is an immense systematic project. So, it is essential to establish the overall vision and strategic thinking, pay more heeds to restructuring of the top-level design and overall planning, clarify priorities and key tasks for reform, so as to make the decision-making more scientific, further beef up the coordination of reform measures and enable people to share the outcome of reform and development.

The CPC has laid down the historic policy for reform and opening up in line with changes in both the global and domestic situation some 30 years ago; China today is still facing a promising major strategic opportunity. So, by cherishing, capitalizing on and utilizing opportunities to advance reform in varied realms with a greater resolve and courage, people in China will be able to open up a new situation in the socialist modernization drive and greet the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

By People's Daily Online


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