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Magazine highlights China in 10 years


08:39, August 15, 2012

As the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is slated to meet later this year, the Oriental Outlook, a weekly news magazine by Xinhua News Agency, has published China in Ten Years, a report recording the major achievements and setbacks in the past decade. The editor's note emphasized China needs to reform its economic growth model after witnessing 10 years of rapid growth. The highlights of the report follow.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) crisis that started in Guangzhou in late 2002 became a daunting test for China's new leadership. On April 2002, Beijing mayor Meng Xuenong and China's health minister Zhang Wenkang were dismissed because of the fallout from the epidemic. This helped the CPC adhere to the "People First" ruling philosophy in the following years.

It's without doubt China has made big strides in a broad range of fields. In 2003, China succeeded in sending its first manned spacecraft into orbit, making it only the third country ever to send a human into space. Then in 2012, China's Shenzhou-IX capsule, carrying the nation's first female astronaut, docked with the Tiangong-1 space lab.

In May 2004, Joshua Cooper Ramo, a former senior editor and foreign editor of Time magazine, suggested in The Beijing Consensus that China has found a development model suitable to its own conditions. Although it generated heated discussions in the news media and among academics, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao responded during a news conference for the National People's Congress in 2011 that China is still trying to find a suitable way for its reform and development and the country never thinks of its development as a model.

The year 2005 marked a milestone in the development of China's Internet. Ordinary people found an easy way to rise to fame. The video A Murder Case Caused by a Bun, a spoof on director Chen Kaige's The Promise, became well known among Internet users. Chinese actress-turned-director Xu Jinglei became the world's most widely read blogger. But four years later in 2009, Twitter-like Chinese micro-blogging sites overshadowed the blog.

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