- by Dingbin LONG – Consul General of China in Perth
- The Guardian
- Issue #2034
A political slogan on the wall in Longhua District, it reads: “Holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics for the Xi Jinping Era. We should fully implement the of spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress.” Photo: Huangdan2060 – creativecommons.org (CC0 1.0) Public Domain.
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) came to a successful conclusion October 22, 2022 in Beijing. The congress elected a new CPC Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and passed the Resolution on the Report of the 19th CPC Central Committee, the Resolution on the Work Report of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and the Resolution on the Revised Constitution of the Communist Party of China. The congress called on the whole Party, the entire military, and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups to stay closely rallied around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, to keep in mind that empty talk will do nothing for our country and only solid work will make it flourish, to maintain firm confidence, unite as one, forge ahead with resolve, and to strive in unity to build a modern socialist country in all respects, and advance national rejuvenation on all fronts.
The five years (2017-2022) since the 19th National Congress have been truly momentous and extraordinary. The Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core fully assessed the situation, upheld fundamental principles, broke new ground, and exhibited its courage and ability to fight. It has united and led the whole Party, the entire military, and all people across the country in effectively responding to grave, complex international developments and a series of immense risks and challenges, in solving a great number of problems that had long gone unsolved, in securing many accomplishments that hold major future significance, and in achieving impressive advances in the cause of the Party and the country. With great effort and determination, China has thus steadily advanced Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the new era.
The past decade (2012-2022) since the Party’s 18th National Congress marked three major events of great immediate importance and profound historical significance for the cause of the Party and the people: embraced the centenary of the Communist Party of China; ushered in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics; eradicated absolute poverty and finished building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, thus completing the First Centenary Goal. The great transformation over the past ten years of the new era marks a milestone in the history of the Party, of the People’s Republic of China, of reform and opening up, of the development of socialism, and of the development of the Chinese nation. The Communist Party of China has tempered itself through revolution and grown stronger. The Chinese people are filled with a stronger sense of history and initiative. The rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is now on an irreversible historical course. Scientific socialism is brimming with renewed vitality in 21st-century China.
This great transformation is owed to the entire Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups who have striven in unity under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, and under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The Party has established Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole and established the guiding role. This reflects the common will of the Party, the military, and the Chinese people, and it is of decisive significance for the cause of the Party and the country in the new era and for advancing the historic process of national rejuvenation. To advance socialism with Chinese characteristics on the new journey in the new era, it is most critical to develop a deep understanding of the decisive significance of the establishment of Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole, and the guiding role of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era; to strengthen our consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment with the central Party leadership; to stay confident in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics; to uphold Comrade Xi Jinping’s core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole and uphold the Party Central Committee’s authority and its centralised, unified leadership; and to be more purposeful in closely following the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core in thinking, political stance, and action.
Since the 18th National Congress, the CPC has made theoretical explorations and innovations with great courage. It has, from an entirely new perspective, deepened its understanding of the laws that underlie governance by a communist party, the development of socialism, and the evolution of human society. It has achieved major theoretical innovations, which are encapsulated in Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The main elements of this theory are summarised in the 10 affirmations, the 14 commitments, and the 13 areas of achievement that were articulated at the 19th National Congress and the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Party Central Committee.
The central task of the Communist Party of China will be to lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to realise the Second Centenary Goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects and to advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernisation. The two-step strategic plan has been adopted to meet the Second Centenary Goal through firstly, realising the socialist modernisation from 2020 through 2035; secondly, building China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious, from 2035 through the middle of this century. The next five years will form a crucial basis for the efforts to build a modern socialist country in all respects.
Chinese modernisation is socialist modernisation pursued under the leadership of the Communist Party of China; it contains elements that are common to the modernisation processes of all countries, but it is more characterised by features that are unique to the Chinese context; it is the modernisation of a huge population, of common prosperity for all, of material and cultural-ethical advancement, of harmony between humanity and nature, and of peaceful development. The essential requirements of Chinese modernisation are as follows: upholding the leadership of the Communist Party of China and socialism with Chinese characteristics, pursuing high-quality development, developing whole-process people’s democracy, enriching the people’s cultural lives, achieving common prosperity for all, promoting building a human community with a shared future, and creating a new form of human advancement.
Over the past century, the Party has rallied all Chinese people and led them in securing great successes in the new-democratic revolution, in socialist revolution and construction, in reform, opening up, and socialist modernisation, and it has led them to usher in a brand new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The achievements over the past century have been truly remarkable, and after more than a hundred years on from its founding, the Party is still in its prime.
The Party is fully confident and capable of creating newer and even greater miracles on the journey of the new era, miracles that will amaze and create more opportunities for the world. All Party members will stay closely rallied around the Central Committee and hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics; remaining confident in China’s history, exhibiting greater historical initiative, showing the courage needed to fight and having the mettle needed to win; staying focused, determinedly forging ahead, uniting, and leading all Chinese people to strive to fulfil the goals and tasks set out at this national congress.