The year 2000 was a year of milestone-like significance in the
course of China's development along modern lines, and also a year
that witnessed continued advance in China's human rights cause.
In 2000, the Ninth Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social
Development was successfully completed, the development of the western
region got off to a good start, the economy developed in a healthy
way, the democratic and legal systems were continuously strengthened,
and the human rights situation maintained a good momentum of development.