Xi Jinping calls for good start to 14th Five-Year Plan period
Updated 08:00, 30-Jan-2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has stressed full and accurate implementation of the new development philosophy to ensure a good start for the country's development during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025).

Xi made the remarks on Thursday when addressing a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

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Noting that the new development philosophy is a theoretical system with the systematic nature, Xi said it answers a series of theoretical and practical questions about the purpose, power, mode and path of development.

The new development philosophy also clarifies the Party's political stance on development, value orientation, and the mode and path for development, he added.

Constitute a whole

President Xi Jinping urged coordinated actions of the Party and the country as a whole for implementing the new development philosophy in a holistic manner, requiring efforts to pursue innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development.

He called for putting the new development philosophy into practice in every dimension and phase of China's economic and social development and effectively resolving problems that affect the construction of new development pattern and the production and lives of the people.

The Chinese president pointed out from the central government level, it is necessary to guide the whole Party and the whole country in terms of planning and design, macro guidance, policies and laws, financial input and work arrangements.

At the local level, each region should comprehensively carry out the new development philosophy on the basis of their own conditions and possibilities and focus on strengthening the weakness at the same time, Xi added.

Pursue common prosperity

Having entered a new stage of development, China must pay greater attention to pursuing common prosperity, as required for the comprehensive implementation of the new development philosophy, Xi said.

The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee last October proposed for "more notable and substantial progress in promoting common prosperity for everyone," and "solid efforts to push forward common prosperity." Such expressions were included, for the first time, in the documents of the CPC Central Committee plenary sessions.

Xi demanded further steps to address the regional gap, the gap between urban and rural areas and the income gap, improve people's livelihood, meet the needs of rural areas, primary organizations, underdeveloped areas and disadvantaged groups, and promote social fairness and justice.

Uphold systematic approach

Highlighting strengthened forward-looking thinking, overall and strategic planning, and holistic development, Xi emphasized the need to uphold a systematic approach in implementing the new development philosophy, calling for efforts to coordinate internal and international imperatives, as well as the five-sphere integrated plan and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy.

He also called for balancing COVID-19 containment and social and economic development to prevent any sizable importation or resurgence of the pandemic.

Stressing the need to ensure both development and security, Xi urged contingency planning for "black swan" and "gray rhino" events to ensure the security of China's development.

President Xi also stressed that deepening reform in every field shall be guided by the new development philosophy and institutional guarantees must be provided for the full and accurate implementation of the philosophy via reform.

Political requirement

The comprehensive implementation of the new development philosophy is both a prerequisite for China's economic and social development and a political requirement of great significance, said Xi.

"It is imperative for officials at all levels, especially those in senior positions, to constantly improve their political judgment, understanding and execution and to act in accordance with the guiding principles of the CPC Central Committee in formulating and implementing major policies."

Calling for a strong sense of responsibility, Xi urged Party organizations and officials at all levels to address problems in a timely manner and refrain from being indifferent or shirking their duties. 

(With input from Xinhua)

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