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China will continue to swim with tide of times (2)


11:16, October 09, 2011

Rejuvenation is the common will of the civilization that has existed for over 5,000 years, and no one can halt the process.

The 1911 Revolution, led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, overthrew imperial rule and opened the gate for China's modernization. Yet the dreams of Sun were not fully accomplished, as leaders of the revolution were from the capitalist class and the masses of workers and farmers were not given full play. They still lived in poverty, their democracy and freedom not guaranteed.

Ten years after the 1911 Revolution, the Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded. It took the banner from Sun and shouldered the responsibility of rejuvenating the nation.

History has proven that only those who fight for the interests of the people can lead the country to success.

Looking back at the past 100 years, it is clear that the Chinese nation swam with the tide of the times, moving forward in the right direction of humanity.

Dating back thousands of years, China was among the first countries that shifted from a slave society to feudalism and took the lead toward advanced technologies and outstanding institutions and culture.

However, imperial China failed to embrace reform while Western countries overthrew feudalism and emancipated the productive forces after the Renaissance. The failure of the Middle Kingdom was a result of standing still and refusing to make progress by insisting imperial autocracy.

The 1911 Revolution was a positive response from China, a result of the country's pioneers applying lessons learned from the outside world. It was also a move from an agricultural society to an industrial society, from autocracy to democracy, and from the emperor's courtyard to the home of ordinary people.

But it failed to establish a modern system to eliminate long-standing malpractices and push forward the country's development. China was mired in civil wars and foreign invasions in the first half of the 20th century before the mantle of leadership was handed over to the CPC.

Looking to the future, the Chinese people have realized they cannot rest on their achievements. They need to be vigilant against unexpected changes and learn from advanced civilizations with open minds. They must exert effort for domestic economic construction rather than seeking world hegemony.

The rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will be a long and difficult process, and development still deserves to be a top priority.

Although China has become the world's second largest economy, it remains a developing country, and its GDP per capita ranks only about 100th in the world. Poverty and backwardness still can bee seen in many parts of the country.

And the ancient feudal tradition, including the rule of man in certain areas, is still one of the major obstacles hindering China from realizing its modernization goal.

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