CCPC Congress set to give policy guidelines on key issues
Ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) taking place next month in Beijing here on Oct 18, 2017 one can see people of China, the ordinary citizens as well as experts on different issues, economists and social scientists, , professors and students, businessmen and restaurant owners, in short all men and women are greatly excited and await the historical summit to come up with policy guidelines and decisions on key issues. On the streets of Beijing, in the restaurants and hotels, while riding in a bus or engaged in general and private discussions the subject upcoming national congress of CPC. According to them, the national meeting of the delegates (some 2,300 delegates are attending the 19th National Congress Meeting) always comes up with something good and promising for the country.
Not only the masses but the high-ranking officials of the CPC have also indicated that the national congress of the CPC is once again setting the road-map for China’s political, financial and strategic policies for the next meeting. Deputy Director General of the CPC’s Bureau of Foreign Affairs Coordination and a senior member of the party Mr Shi Guohui in a briefing arranged for the media persons from 13 countries gave a detailed presentation on the party’s upcoming 19th National Congress, its historical background, the ups and downs that the party experienced during past 95 years (Since 1921) and reiterated that CPC is vanguard of the Chinese working class, the Chinese people and the Chinese nation.
However, at the very advent of the media briefing he made it clear that he was giving his personal views and his views should not be seen as government’s official policy or stand.
Mr Shi Guohui while welcoming the journalists at the CPC office hoped they would already have learned a great deal about Chinese people, their living and lifestyle. In order to understand China and its system, you need to understand the people of China and their lifestyle. He termed the journalists’ tour to China as a “tour of natural understanding”. He started the briefing by famous Chinese proverb: “Don’t do to others what you don’t want others to do to you.” This saying defines how China looks at other countries and this also explains which kind of relations China wants to develop with them.
National Congress of the Communist Party is held every five years, he said and in the upcoming congress some 2,300 delegates will be participating and they have been elected by around 9 million members of the party across the country. While referring to international bestseller “When China rules the World” written by Martin Jacques, Mr Guohui was of the view that China could rightly be called a country of 4 “Supers of 4 “Uniques.” The “Supers” he spelled out includes: a country of super large population; a country of super large territory; a country of super long historic tradition that further leads to the fourth Super i.e. a country of Super profound cultural heritage. About the four ‘uniques’ he said the first unique is China’s unique knowledge; secondly China is a country of unique politics; thirdly, China has a unique society and fourthly China has a unique economy.
All these 4 supers and 4 uniques meet to constitute a “Civilization State” as is well-described by Martin Jacques. About China’s phenomenal rise to economic and social turnaround and its achievement of the status as the second largest economy of the world, he said for most of the part of the history China has remained an agriculture society, however now with the changing time and rising demands, China has switched over to industrial growth. About CPC, he said it represents people of China.
We at the CPC believe in consultative democracy, meritocracy and mixed economy, said Mr Guohui. About the western democratic ideal, he said it is a multi-party system, and the party that wins can’t call itself custodian of the interests of all the people.
On the other hand, China believes in consultative democracy which covers more than mere politics. It is because of this consultative process, that currently China is implementing 5-year Plan.
Broadly speaking, China’s political history can be divided into three periods, he said adding from 1921 to 1949 when war was fought; from 1949 to 1978 when socialist system was introduced and from 1978 to present when reforms are being introduced.
At the end, he asked the media persons to visit China’s rural areas as well and interview people there so that they could have first-hand knowledge and awareness how lives of the common Chinese man has been revolutionized because of the consistent policies of the Chinese government in line with the directions of the Communist Party of China.