November 3, 2020 | Issue 2020-45
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15-year roadmap for China's modernization
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has charted the course for China's development in the next 15 years to guide the country's march towards modernization.

According to a communique released after the 5th plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC, the session raised long-range objectives for China to basically achieve socialist modernization by 2035, laid down guiding principles to be followed, and major economic and social development targets for the next 5 years.

Targets through 2035
  • Economic and technological strength, and composite national strength will increase significantly. Make major breakthroughs in core technologies in key areas, become a global leader in innovation.

  • New industrialization, IT application, urbanization, and agricultural modernization will be basically achieved. Finish building a modernized economy.

  • The modernization of China's system and capacity for governance will be basically achieved. The people's rights to participate and to develop as equals will be adequately protected. The rule of law for the country, the government, and society will be basically in place.

  • Become a strong country in culture, education, talent, sports and health. The well-rounded development of all people and social etiquette and civility will be significantly enhanced.

  • Eco-friendly ways of work and life will be advanced to cover all areas of society. Carbon emission will steadily decline after reaching a peak, and there will be a fundamental improvement in the environment with the goal of building a Beautiful China basically reached.

  • The opening-up will reach a new stage with substantial growth of the country's strengths for participating in international economic cooperation and competition.

  • The per capita GDP will reach the level of moderately developed countries. The size of the middle-income group will be significantly expanded. Equitable access to basic public services will be ensured. Disparities in urban-rural development, in development between regions, and in living standards will be significantly reduced.

  • The implementation of the Peaceful China initiative will be promoted to a higher level. The modernization of national defense and the military will be basically achieved.

  • People will lead a better life, and more notable and substantial progress will be achieved in promoting well-rounded human development and achieving common prosperity for everyone.
Consul General Zhang Ping on Twitter

"China's GDP is expected to exceed 100 trillion yuan (approx. US$14.87 trillion) this year. As the CPC draws up the 14th Five-Year Plan for national economic & social development and long-range objectives through the year 2035, China is embarking on a new course to achieve the goal of modernization, which is to significantly elevate its economic, technological & composite national strength, and deliver a better life for the people. PEACE, DEVELOPMENT, COOPERATION & MUTUAL BENEFIT are keywords of China's development."
Targets for 14th Five-Year plan (2021-2025)
  • Speed up fostering a new development pattern where domestic and foreign markets can boost each other, with the domestic market as the mainstay.

  • Strive to make new strides in economic development, realize sustained and healthy economic development on the basis of a marked improvement in quality and efficiency.

  • With new steps to be taken in reform and opening up, further improve its socialist market economy and basically complete the building of a high-standard market system.

  • Social etiquette and civility shall be further enhanced, while the core socialist values shall be embraced by the people. Make new progress in building an ecological civilization, boost the well-being of people, and enhance governance capacity.

Development Priorities
  • Uphold the central role of innovation in the modernization drive and implementing the innovation-driven development strategy.

  • Continue to take the real economy as the focus of its economic development, unswervingly build itself into a manufacturer of quality and enhance its strength in cyberspace and digital technology.

  • Nurture a strong domestic market and establish a new development pattern, comprehensively deepen reform in pursuit of a high-level socialist market economy, prioritize the development of agriculture and rural areas, fully advance rural vitalization, and push forward coordinated regional development and a new type of urbanization, among others.

  • The overall leadership of the CPC must be upheld to realize the 14th Five-Year Plan and achieve the long-range objectives set for 2035.

  • Maintain lasting prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao as well as advance the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and national reunification.

  • Hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, and strive to create a favorable external environment and promote the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for humanity.

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Robert L. Kuhn: "The 5th Plenum of the 19th CPC National Congress will give clues of how China is thinking and where China is going, and roll out a framework of China's 14th Five-Year Plan, 2021 to 2025..."
Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results
In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. Read the specific requirements.