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In-Depth Reform in All Respects

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Updated:2019-04-17 |

In-Depth Reform in All Respects

The decision on issues concerning in-depth reform in all respects adopted by the 18th CPC Central Committee presents an overall plan of action, a timetable and a roadmap for reform initiatives to be implemented by 2020. The overall goal is to improve and develop the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and to modernize China’s governance system and capacity.

Reform must follow the fundamental political direction of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. It entails breaking down all anachronistic barriers, whether ideological or institutional, and overcoming resistance from vested interests. It is crucial to draw upon useful international experience in China’s push to build a comprehensive, rational, rule-based, and effective framework that helps realize the full potential of our socialist system.

Reform should be problem-oriented, based on the rule of law, proceed in a systematic, integrated and coordinated way with effective interation between top-level design and grassroots action.

Reform will involve a wide range of areas, including economic, political, cultural, social, and environmental policies, national defense, the military, and efforts to build a more open society. Success will not materialize with the efforts of a few particular departments, but will hinge on the concerted efforts of all actors. The reform has no fixed timeframe; it is an on-going process that spans generations.

The purpose of the reform is, in summary, to unleash and develop productive forces, promote social equity and justice, and let the people more broadly and equitably share development gains.