2020 political calendar: Uncertainties, challenges, opportunities
By Duan Fengyuan
As Albert Einstein said "I never think of the future – it comes soon enough," the year of 2020 is knocking at the door.
If the key words of 2019 are "major development, transformation and adjustment," how will politics – the huge social power, define the first year of a new decade?
Here is CGTN's selection of the most significant events in politics that will play their own parts in history.
The beginning of the decade will be a big year for China as it will eradicate extreme poverty and build a moderately prosperous society in all respects, meeting its first centenary goal in 2020. Meanwhile, the country is due to unveil its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) which will launch a batch of major reform and opening-up initiatives.
In the coming year, there are another two important political events related to China – 2020 Taiwan leadership election and the Legislative Council (LegCo) Elections of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
More than 12 million Chinese mainland and Taiwan netizens have picked the Chinese character "kun," meaning trapped, as the word of the year for 2019, expecting cross-Strait relations to break free from the trap next year. Will the 2020 election in the region with candidates from three political parties in Taiwan be an opportunity for change?
And the U.S., presidential elections in 2020 has already been put under the spotlight as President Donald Trump struggles with the rising impeachment storm and 17 candidates vie for the Oval Office, such as Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president and Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont.