The Communist Party of China (CPC), the ruling party of the world's second-largest economy, has unveiled its new top leadership. How the new leadership will steer China on its future voyage catches the eyes of a great many across the world.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a speech in front of the press in the presence of the other six members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
He pledged that China will be steadfast in deepening reform and opening up across the board, and pursuing high-quality development. "A prosperous China will create many more opportunities for the world," Xi said.
Observers worldwide are confident that the CPC will deliver on the aspirations of the Chinese people for a better life. They also have faith in China's commitment to fostering common prosperity worldwide, and building a human community with a shared future.
A BOLD NEW JOURNEY
For those observers, they draw their optimism from the CPC's past report cards. The party has successfully led the Chinese people in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, completing the First Centenary Goal. Being a primarily agricultural country about 70 years ago, China today boasts the world's second-largest economy, the most extensive social welfare system, the largest high-speed railway network and cutting-edge technologies.
"Now, we are taking confident strides on a new journey to turn China into a modern socialist country in all respects, to advance toward the Second Centenary Goal, and to embrace the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization," Xi said on Sunday.
In the eyes of Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, China has undergone profound changes. "I am privileged to see those advances everywhere, in the standards of living of the people, in the housing, in the schools and institutes, in the spectacularly modern transport systems, in the new parks and gardens, in the towns, the cities and the countryside and in the pride people have in their community."
Now China has embarked on a new and unprecedented journey no one has ever taken before. In a two-step strategic plan, the CPC aims to basically realize socialist modernization from 2020 through 2035, and build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful from 2035 through the middle of this century.
After listening to Xi's speech highlighting China's modernization drive, observers said they believe the Chinese people would continue to make achievements under the CPC's leadership.
Khampheuy Philapha, director general of the Lao News Agency, said he is confident that China will achieve even greater success and inspire more countries.
Ali el-Hefny, Egypt's former ambassador to China, said he feels hopeful about China's future growth.
China will succeed because it always has a will, strong determination, persistence and a dream, he said.
While China is pursuing its high-quality growth, it has never forgotten to share its development opportunities with the world. "China's modernization has been an inspiration to the world, which, in particular, galvanized the developing world," said Costantinos Bt. Costantinos, a professor of public policy at Addis Ababa University.
CLOSER BONDS FOR COMMON DEVELOPMENT
After his reelection for the third term as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Xi pledged to keep opening China's door wider to a world facing ever pressing challenges.
For decades, China has kept its door open and become a major trading partner for over 140 countries and regions. It has taken a host of concrete steps to improve its business environment and level the playing field for domestic and foreign firms, like rolling out the Foreign Investment Law and expanding foreign investors' access.