The Chinese national flag was raised at Tiananmen Square in the very heart of Beijing at 4:47 Monday morning as hundreds of thousands of early-morning visitors watched, which is the epitome of China’s progress and stability after four decades of reform and opening-up, analysts said.
Across the country, millions of subscribers of the People’s Daily read an article on Monday, which offered this inspiration: “Only by upholding the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core can the Party and the country cope with great challenges, resist risks, overcome difficulties and settle crucial issues.”
“We must strengthen the consciousness of upholding the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, and the leadership of the Party; and deeply understand that upholding the core is to safeguard the interests of the Chinese people,” read the articles.
Upholding the Communist Party of China (CPC)’s leadership and maintaining stability has led to China’s enormously successful economic and social development, which are among the most valuable experiences China has achieved over the past 40 years of reform and opening-up, analysts said.
Political and economic stability
“China’s stable political situation has created a good environment for economic progress. Continuous upgrading of economic policies has increased the predictability of economic reforms and given producers confidence,” Bai Ming, deputy director of the Ministry of Commerce’s International Market Research Institute, told the Global Times on Monday.
Bai said that economic growth in many developing countries is being stifled by political disturbances, while China, with its stable political situation, prosperous economic development and various opening-up policies, continues to achieve growth rates that have caught the attention of the international community.
From 2010 to 2016 China’s contribution to world economic growth averaged 27.6 percent, acting as an engine helping pull the world economy out of the great recession, according to a report released on Ziguangge Magazine which is affiliated to the CPC’s Central State Organs Work Committee.
As against a gross domestic product (GDP) of 368 billion yuan in 1978, China’s GDP totaled 82.71 trillion yuan in 2017, making it the second largest economy in the world only after the US, according to data from people.com.cn.
“China plays an essential role in maintaining political and economic stability in the world,” Jose Luis Robaina, a scholar at Cuba’s International Policy Research Center, told the Xinhua News Agency.
Chinese people’s livelihoods have also advanced as they have been the main beneficiaries of the country’s political and economic development. Chinese people now enjoy more fulfilling lives with better jobs, increased income, property ownership and a more open society, according to an article from people.com.cn.
“Social stability is significant to our people. We have a sense of security as the country is stable and the Party is leading us to a better life,” a 54-year-old Beijing resident surnamed Wang told the Global Times.
China’s real income per capita increased 16 times from 1978 to 2014, while the extreme poverty rate fell from 88.3 percent in 1981 to 1.9 percent in 2013, a shift in status and lifestyle for more than 850 million people, Xinhua reported.
Security and development
Aside from economic development, social stability also contributed to a better management of border areas and national unity, Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the Global Times on Monday.
China has attached great importance to stability in its border areas.
During a visit to Tibet in May, Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, called for greater efforts to promote ethnic unity and religious harmony and to eliminate extreme poverty to ensure the economic and social development and enduring peace and stability in Tibetan areas, Xinhua reported.
“The stability of border areas is very significant for our country’s integrity of sovereignty, especially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Tibet, which are our frontlines in fighting against separatist groups. The Party’s policies on managing the border regions have helped local economic development and created a stable environment for other regions,” Zhu said.
The GDP in Tibet increased from 867 million yuan in 1980 to more than 131 billion yuan in 2017, a 150 times increase in just 17 years.
The disposable income of urban residents in Tibet increased from 565 yuan in 1980 to 30,671 yuan in 2017, according to data from chinatibetnews.com.
Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang regional government, was quoted by Xinhua in January that during the past years, improved social stability has provided conditions and guarantees for Xinjiang’s economic and social development, giving residents a better sense of security.
– Global Times
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