As the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which opened on Sunday, October 16, continues, one thing that stands out is that every ambition and every goal, which echoes around the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing revolves around the people.
China rightly feels that it is the subject of biased and unfair criticism from the West over its human rights and alleged lack of democracy, but China firmly asserts that the allegations are politically motivated and based on unsubstantiated allegations and reports, which do not reflect the reality on the ground.
As President Xi Jinping delivered his report to Congress on behalf of the 19th CPC Central Committee, as general secretary of the party, he explained how China’s economic development has resulted in a steady increase in people’s income. citizens, improving people’s livelihoods, especially in the last decade.
Gross national income per capita reached US$11,890 last year, double the figure recorded in 2012. The expansion helped lift China from 112th to 68th place in the same timeframe according to World Bank ranking.
China eliminated absolute poverty in 2020, with 12.37 million rural residents lifted out of poverty on an annual average between 2012 and 2020.
This achievement enabled China to achieve the poverty eradication goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), ten years ahead of schedule.
Thanks to rising incomes and improved education and health care, the average Chinese life expectancy reached 77.9 years in 2020, 5.2 years above the global average .
In his report titled “Hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive in unity to build a modern socialist country in all respects”, President Xi Jinping pointed out how China’s phenomenal economic transformation, over the past decade has resulted in a substantial improvement. in the well-being of people, guided by a people-centered philosophy that aims to ensure that development benefits all.
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China’s determination to improve the lives of all its people has been unwavering and will not be deterred by Western criticism, but instead will focus on a people-centered philosophy of development, while relying on everyone’s efforts. to promote prosperity for all.
As the report presented to Congress points out, the CCP has made an overall improvement in the lives of Chinese people over the past decade.
China’s average life expectancy has further increased to 78.2 years, its annual per capita disposable income has risen from 16,500 yuan to 35,100 yuan (about 4,938 US dollars), and more than 13 million urban jobs have been created each year on average over the past 10 years, according to the report.
China, which has built the largest education, social security and health systems in the world, has made historic progress in making education universally accessible, bringing 1.04 billion people under the cover of a basic old-age insurance and guaranteeing basic medical insurance for 95 years. percent of the population.
Over 42 million dwellings in dilapidated urban areas and over 24 million dilapidated rural houses have been rebuilt, marking a significant improvement in housing conditions in both urban and rural areas, the report highlights. The number of internet users in the country reached 1.03 billion, according to the report.
It’s all about the people
China has waged a monumental anti-poverty campaign on a scale never seen in the world. The mission has been successfully accomplished with nearly 100 million people lifted out of poverty in eight years since 2012.
In his message, President Jinping made it very clear where all efforts were focused. “This country is its people; the people are the country,” he said, reiterating that the CCP set out to establish a republic that belongs to the people and works for the people.
“Benefiting the people is the fundamental principle of governance. Working for the welfare of the people is an essential part of the Party’s commitment to serving the public good and exercising governance for the people,”
“We must ensure and improve the well-being of the people in the pursuit of development and encourage everyone to work hard together to meet the people’s aspirations for a better life,” said the head of state.
He stressed the need to work hard, realize, safeguard and advance the fundamental interests of all people, saying his government will do everything in its power to solve the remaining challenges people are facing.
“We will remain engaged with our people and their communities, adopt more measures that will bring real benefits to people and win their approval, and work hard to address the challenges and pressing issues that matter most to them,”
“We will improve the basic public service system to raise public service standards and make public services more balanced and accessible, so as to achieve solid progress in promoting common prosperity,” he said.
Among other areas, the CPC is committed to improving the income distribution system, with the aim of promoting common prosperity, and also improving the social security system.
The party also said it will stick to the basic national policy of gender equality and protect the legitimate rights and interests of women and children, as well as push forward the Healthy China Initiative.
The government has further pledged to improve the population development strategy and establish a political system to boost birth rates.
By doing so, China aims to reduce the gap between richer and poorer areas, as well as between urban and rural regions, which the party says is really what really matters for the country.
With the results already achieved, China’s path is clear, focusing on things that improve people’s living conditions and give them full rights to live a good and dignified life. It is an ambition that even detractors cannot contradict.