The year 2020 is a watershed in human history. The sudden onslaught of COVID-19 has triggered a global crisis, shifting global growth into reverse gear.
Anachronistic practices of unilateralism and protectionism have been on the increase. Human being is confronted with unprecedented risks and challenges in an increasingly turbulent and changing world.
Facing the devastating impact of COVID-19 and an increasingly complex international environment, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, the Chinese people rallied together behind a common purpose.
China was among the first to contain the virus, to carry out international cooperation against COVID-19, to reopen the economy safely, and to restore economic growth.
The country is on course to fulfill the historic mission of ending extreme poverty within the set time frame, secure decisive achievements in finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society and realize the first centenary goal.
The fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held in Beijing recently. The meeting adopted The Proposal of the CPC Central Committee for Formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, setting out a great vision for China's development in the coming five years and beyond. It marked the beginning of a new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country.
During the 13th Five-Year Plan period, China's economy grew at an average annual rate of 6.7%, per capita GDP exceed ed 10,000 US dollars by 2020. It is estimated that China's GDP will exceed 100 trillion yuan. China contributes 30% to world economic growth. A total of 55.75 million rural people were lifted out of poverty. More than 1.3 billion people have access to basic medical insurance, and nearly 1 billion people were covered by basic old-age insurance.
From the 14th Five-Year Plan and its beyond, China will pursue high-quality development as the main theme and deepen supply-side structural reforms as the main task. China will implement the new development philosophy of innovation, coordination, green, open and shared development, and strive to improve the quality and efficiency of development so that all people will benefit from its fruits.
The writer is the Charge d’affairs, of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Ghana.