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China won't repeat old path of developed countries

(People's Daily Online)

16:12, June 08, 2012

China has frequently interacted with the outside world, and made great efforts to reach international standards in various areas during the past more than 30 years of Reform and Opening-up. During the process, the Chinese people have broadened their horizons, drawn clear development plans, and realized that China’s development ultimately depends on the Chinese people themselves.

According to the World Bank, China has lifted more than 600 million people out of poverty over the past 30 years, contributing 70 percent to global poverty reduction. However, the country still has more than 100 million people living below the U.N. poverty line. These figures provide a glimpse into the development characteristics of modern China.

As a rapidly developing country, China is powerful and ambitious enough to move to the next stage of development. The Chinese people are able to create more economic miracles, and make steady and rapid progress in areas such as environmental protection. Blue skies, white clouds, and clean air will not only boost happiness among the people, but also ensure environment-friendly development.

China’s overall environmental quality has remained stable, but the situation is still tough as it lags far behind developed countries in environmental protection. China is always motivated by a need to achieve higher standards. However, it must face reality, and settle for relatively low international environmental standards, including PM2.5 standard, for the time being.

China is at a critical period of development. It faces great opportunities as well as great challenges. The successful implementation of key plans requires scientific planning as well as rational and mature national mentality. In order to foster such a mentality, the Chinese people must have a clear understanding of the country’s basic national conditions, and be clear-headed enough to strike a balance between ideals and reality.

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