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A Profound Understanding of the Epoch-Making Significance of the New Era

Making Socialism with Chinese Characteristics Show Stronger Vitality

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Author:Liu Zhiming | Source:People's Daily January 2, 2018

Abstract:

According to the report of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era is, in the history of the development of the People's Republic of China and the history of the development of the Chinese nation, of tremendous importance. In the history of the development of international socialism and the history of the development of human society, it is of tremendous importance. A thorough understanding and grasp of the epoch-making significance of Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era serves as an important ideological foundation for us to unify our thoughts and actions with the gist of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, have full confidence in the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and better uphold and develop the socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

Embarking on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, which is of great significance in the history of the development of the People's Republic of China. It declares that the largest developing country in the world has completely rid itself of poverty, secured a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and embarked on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. To fully build a modern socialist China is not something that can be decided subjectively. In an era when social production was backward and the people were generally poor, building a modern socialist China could only be empty talk. Entering the new era, our country has already emerged from the conditions of backward production and widespread poverty and is about to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects. At this time, it is a matter of course to embark on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. This fully shows that building a modern socialist China is not a surprise but a result of the continuous efforts of the Party and the people. It condenses the untiring and tremendous efforts of the Chinese Communists and Chinese people from generation to generation. Especially since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, with a profound insight into and in active response to the new requirements of the new era for the socialist modernization of our country, has mapped a "two-step" strategy of fully building a modern socialist China and led the Party and the people to embark on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China. Looking to the future, building China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of the century under the guidance of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era has brilliant prospects and will certainly come true. 

Embarking on a broad road to realize the national rejuvenation. Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era means that the Chinese nation, which since modern times began had endured so much for so long, has achieved a tremendous transformation: it has stood up, grown rich, and is becoming strong; it has come to embrace the brilliant prospects of rejuvenation. This marks the great strides of the Chinese nation in catching up with the times and embarking on the broad road of realizing national rejuvenation. Since modern times began, China was torn apart and its people were plunged into an abyss of misery. The Chinese nation had suffered unprecedented crises and hardships. To change the national destiny, the Chinese people rose and fought again and again despite numerous failures. History has proven that only under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and by adhering to the socialist path can the Chinese nation be able to overcome one difficulty after another, gain one victory after another, and thoroughly get rid of the danger of being expelled from the earth. It should also be noted that the journey of national rejuvenation is not easy and that the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics has been a hard-won success. Once we are certain about the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, we must follow it unswervingly. In this process, we must learn from the achievements of all civilizations created by mankind with an open mind. However, we cannot forget our own origin by directly copying the development models of other countries. We must neither retrace our steps to the rigidity and isolation of the past, nor take the wrong turn by changing our nature and abandoning our system. Only by firmly adhering to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics can we finally achieve the national rejuvenation. 

Sparking the strong vitality of scientific socialism. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, which is of great significance in the history of the development of international socialism. After the Revolutions of 1989, world socialism was at a low ebb. Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era has sparked the strong vitality of scientific socialism in the world today. Socialism with Chinese characteristics is socialism other than something else. Scientific socialism is important to socialism with Chinese characteristics just like the root is important to a gigantic tree and the source is important to a long river. The great achievements made by socialism with Chinese characteristics have rebuilt the confidence of the people of the world in Marxism and scientific socialism. More and more people in the world realize that neo-liberalism and western capitalism have not ended history, and that Marxism and scientific socialism always have strong moral force and truth power. As long as we hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics and continuously develop China's Marxism in the 21st century, the appeal of scientific socialism in the world will surely increase. 

Contributing Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind. Chinese socialism's entrance into a new era has expanded the ways for developing countries to move towards modernization, provided a new choice for those countries and nations that both hope to speed up their development and wish to maintain their independence, and contributed Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind. The success of socialism with Chinese characteristics shows that the Western model is not the only way to realize modernization, and that other countries can embark on their own path. As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, China has not followed the old way of colonial aggression of the Western great powers. Instead, China will continue its efforts to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and uphold international order. China has always held high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, taken a new approach to developing state-to-state relations with communication, not confrontation, and with partnership, not alliance, boosted cross-cultural exchanges characterized by harmony within diversity, inclusiveness, and mutual learning, and promoted the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, thus greatly enhancing the world force to love and safeguard peace and making a significant contribution to solving the problems facing mankind and the world. 

(Author: Researcher in the Research Center of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)


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