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Principal Conflict Facing Chinese Society in a New Era

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Updated:2019-04-17 |

Principal Conflict Facing Chinese Society in a New Era

The report to the 19th CPC National Congress pointed out that, the principal conflict facing Chinese society in the new era has changed to a conflict between unbalanced and inadequate development on the one side and the people’s ever-growing desire for a better life on the other.

China has succeeded in providing the basic needs and giving a decent life to over a billion people and will soon complete the building of a moderately prosperous society. People’s needs are now broader, extending beyond material and cultural needs to demands for democracy, the rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment. At the same time, China’s overall productive forces have significantly improved and in many areas its production capacity leads the world. The more prominent problem is that its development is inadequate overall and unbalanced between different parts of the country and society.

This is a historic shift that affects the whole social and political landscape. It creates many new demands on the Party and the country. We must devote great energy to addressing it.

This does not change the CPC’s assessment of the present stage of socialism in China. The basic assessment – that China is still and will long remain in the primary stage of socialism – has not changed. China’s international status as the world’s largest developing country has not changed. The whole Party must base its work on this most important reality – the primary stage of socialism.