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The Defining Features of Chinese Modernization

By Qiu Ping Source: Updated: 2023-04-14

Ours is the modernization of a huge population.

In the last 10 years since the 18th CPC National Congress, China’s GDP per capita has swelled from US$6,301 to US$12,556, overtaking the global average. Chinese modernization is a major event of far-reaching significance for human history that is redrawing the world map of modernization.

China has a huge population, so the resource constraints confronting our socioeconomic development are considerable, and we must face up to this national condition in order to advance our modernization.

Ours is the modernization of common prosperity.

Common prosperity is a basic tenet of Marxism, and it encapsulates the CPC’s fundamental objective of serving the people wholeheartedly.

Since 2012 when the CPC held its 18th National Congress, the CPC Central Committee has prioritized the gradual realization of common prosperity for all and taken effective action to ensure and improve the people’s wellbeing.

All of China’s 98.99 million rural poor have been extricated from absolute poverty, and among them, more than 9.6 million poverty-stricken people have been relocated from inhospitable areas, thereby resolving, once and for all, the problem of absolute poverty in China.

In the new era, an average of 13 million urban jobs have been created each year and per capita disposable annual income has risen from 16,500 yuan to 35,100 yuan, creating a solid foundation for advancing common prosperity.

Ours is the modernization of material and cultural-ethical advancement.

Material want is not socialism, nor is cultural impoverishment. To advance the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization requires tremendous material and cultural-ethical advancement.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee has reinforced and upheld a foundational system for ensuring the guiding role of Marxism in the ideological domain, ensured that cultural programs flourish, and made overarching and fundamental changes to China’s political landscape.

As a result, there is a notably stronger sense of cultural confidence and a higher level of morale among the people.

Ours is the modernization of harmony between humanity and nature.

Humanity is a part of nature and in a symbiotic relationship with it. Only by observing the laws of nature can humanity avoid costly blunders in its exploitation. To advance green development, we must coordinate and integrate socioeconomic development with environmental protection and ensure harmony between people and nature.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee has acted on the idea that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets and ensured stronger ecological conservation and environmental protection across the board, in all regions, and at all times, leading to historic, transformative, and comprehensive changes in ecological and environmental protection.

Ours is the modernization of peaceful development.

Since the conclusion of the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee has pursued distinctly Chinese major-country diplomacy, promoted a global community of shared future, firmly protected fairness and justice on the world stage, and advocated and practiced genuine multilateralism.

All this has won us widespread international recognition, and our international influence, appeal, and strength to act have risen markedly. Today, our world is changing like never before. The historical trends of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit are unstoppable.