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A People-Centered Approach to Development

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Updated:2019-04-17 |

A People-Centered Approach to Development

The people-centered approach is key to the CPC’s political thinking. It is what distinguishes a Marxist party from other political parties. The original aspiration of the Chinese Communists was to seek happiness for the Chinese people and lead the people to a better life. The report to the 19th CPC National Congress called for continued commitment to the people-centered philosophy of development, and to the promotion of well-rounded development and common prosperity for everyone.

Implementing such a philosophy calls for respect for the people’s role in running the country and sensitivity to their yearning for a better life. It is the Party’s responsibility to ensure that development is for the people, by the people and benefiting the people.

Further reform and innovation are critical to addressing issues of quality and efficiency in development, so as to produce more and better material and public products to satisfy the people’s growing needs for a better life. It is essential to create an environment that encourages creativity and innovation, and helps individuals, including workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and officials at all levels, to realize their full potential. It is imperative to continue to strengthen and improve China’s basic socialist economic and distribution system, especially income redistribution mechanisms, by means such as rationalizing the taxation regime, strengthening social security, and increasing government transfer payments. These and other related measures aim to better ensure social equity and justice, narrow the existing income gap, and have development gains shared more broadly and equitably.