China achieves new heights of its economic glory

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China achieves new heights of its economic glory My Country

BEIJING: Festive mood was there as the Chinese people celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) this week.

Early this week, a huge crowd of people — numbering over 145,000 — turned up at Tian’anmen Square in the heart of Beijing to watch the raising of the national flag at daybreak.

It was 69 years ago when the founding of the PRC sent the message that “the Chinese people have stood up.” Today, the nation has grown rich — thanks to the reform and opening up which began four decades ago — and is on the track to becoming strong under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.

The world is changing, with seemingly more uncertainties and challenges. But China is determined to keep striding ahead. And it is capable of doing so.

The Chinese economy, the second largest in the world, is stable with good growth momentum.

In 2017, China’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 6.9 percent to 82.7 trillion yuan (12.8 trillion U.S. dollars), around 15 percent of the world total. In the first eight months this year, profits of major Chinese industrial firms grew 16.2 percent, manufacturing investment went up 3 percentage points and the consumer market kept expanding.

New growth drivers and business models have emerged. Farmers have good harvests and employees receive bigger paychecks.

According to an income tax overhaul going into effect in October, people will see the minimum threshold for personal income tax exemption raised from 3,500 yuan (about 513 U.S. dollars) to 5,000 yuan per month.

Retirees can be assured that their pension payments will be on time and in full, partly thanks to a reform to balance pension distribution across different regions.

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief as authorities have moved to regulate extracurricular classes that put too much stress on children.

Between 1978 and 2014, over 700 million people in China, with a population of 1.3 billion, were lifted out of poverty, known as “Poverty reduction with Chinese characteristics.” From 2012 to 2017, China lifted nearly 70 million rural people out of poverty, and the poverty rate fell from 10.2 percent to 3.1 percent.

The nation is r than ever to reaching national rejuvenation — the Chinese Dream.

Three landmark years are in sight. In 2019, the PRC will celebrate its 70th anniversary. In 2020, a moderately prosperous society in all respects will be established. In 2021, the CPC will celebrate its centenary.

This can be achieved as China marches on under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core.

China achieves new heights of its economic glory My Country