THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN PRETORIA & THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, PRETORIA HOSTED ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION ON XI JINPING’S BOOK: THE GOVERNANCE OF CHINA III
November 24, 2020
Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Volume III is a collection and compilation of President Xi Jinping’s important speeches since the 19th National Congress of the CPC in 2017.
It reflects not only the guiding philosophy, new ideas and strategies of President Xi Jinping and the Party on China’s opening up and development, governance of the Party, State and Military, but also China’s vision on building a community of shared future for mankind, including the deepening and broadening of China-South Africa and China-Africa win-win cooperation for common development.
Xi Jinping’s book serves as “golden keys” to better understand and interpret China’s development story in the new era, said Chen.
Recently, China convened the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee. The most important outcome of the session was its adoption of the Proposals of the CPC Central Committee for Formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives.
The aim of the online event was to create an opportunity for people in South African to gain a better appreciation of contemporary China, enhance exchanges of experience in party and state governance, and get insight on how China and South Africa could work together for a better relationship to deliver more benefits to their peoples.
Ambassador Chen highlighted five P-words which he said represent leadership in China, namely “people first, party leadership, the new paradigm, shared prosperity and governing proficiency”.
President Xi Jinping’s people-first philosophy and commitment that no one should be left behind on the journey towards “building a moderately prosperous society” had seen the country take incredible strides in the battle against poverty.
When it comes to party leadership, China’s success lay in the leadership commitment of the CPC, the largest political party in the world, which had ensured the rapid economic development in recent decades and ensured the long-term social stability of China.
Ambassador Chen said Leading such a large party has its demands with President Xi advocating high levels of discipline, co-ordination, and clean governance to safeguard the authority and leadership of the CPC Central Committee in advancing “socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics” and improving scientific and democratic decision-making.
Chen summarised the next (14th) 5-Year Plan as “Four times deliberations and consultations”, a process to ensure that the plan struck a balance between top-level design making and soliciting opinions of the general public represented by various sectors.
President Xi’s new paradigm refers to modern, innovative, co-ordinated, green, open, shared high-quality development as China’s strategic choice as it enters its next stage of development and responds to changes in the domestic and external environment.
“China has risen to the 14th place in the world in terms of innovation capability, and scientific and technological prog