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Ambassador Zhang Weidong published a signed article regarding the forthcoming 19th National Congress of Chinese Communist Party

On 26th August, one of the main-stream newspapers of Iceland Morgunbladid published a signed article headlined “ Where Does the Ship of China Sail Forward?” by Ambassador Zhang Weidong, the full text of the article is as follows:

China, a giant ship carrying over 1.3 billion people, is drawing increasingly wider attention. An event this year will determine where and how she continues to sail forward.

Later this year, the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is China's ruling party, will convene its 19th National Congress. The Congress is one of great importance being held at a crucial time for the development of China. It is of major immediate significance and far-reaching historical significance as it not only shoulders the important tasks of planning to complete the building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and deeply advance socialist modernization, but also concerns the development of the causes of the Party and the nation, the destiny of socialism with Chinese characteristics as well as the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people. Given the international standing and influence of China, the Congress will also have an impact on world peace and development.

The CPC holds a national congress every five years. In the past five years since the 18th National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping as the core has, with a keen appreciation of the trends of development at home and the world at large, conforming to the request of reality and the aspiration of the people, put forward a series of important policies, resolved lots of long-existing problems and produced a large number of achievements. The CPC has been unswervingly advancing the building of an ecological civilization, pushing forward the modernization of national defense and the military, carrying forward major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, and promoting stricter self-governance of the Party in every respect. The fight against corruption has gained crushing momentum.

The key to the question of what kind of "ism" fits one nation is that whether the "ism" can solve the historic problems facing the nation. Just as only the wearer of the shoes knows if they fit or not, only the people can best tell if the development path of their country suits or not. Facing the complex and fast-changing domestic and international situations, the theory of "China collapse" with varied forms has never ceased. However, China did not collapse. On the contrary, its overall national strength has been rapidly growing and the living standards of its people have been continuously improving. Chinese people have drawn an unshakable conclusion from history and reality that only socialism can save China, and only the socialism with Chinese characteristics can develop China.

The major achievements of socialism with Chinese characteristics means that the Chinese nation, which has experienced tribulations and hardships since modern times, has completed an historic leap from standing-up to becoming better-off to getting stronger. Socialism has taken on a strong vitality in China and kept opening up new development horizons. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has expanded the pathway to modernization for developing countries, thus providing Chinese wisdom and Chinese solutions to problems facing mankind.

True, China is still in the primary stage of socialism. Although China is the second largest economy in aggregate terms, its per capita GDP is just over 8,000 U.S. dollars. The unbalanced development in different regions is obvious and over 43 million people still live in poverty now. There are quite a few weak links. China is faced with arduous tasks and challenges on its road to development.

After nearly four decades of reform and opening-up, Chinese people's livelihood has been improved outstandingly. Their desire for a happy life is stronger than ever, and their demands and expectations are increasingly diversified. To meet their desire for a happy life is the mission of the Party and government. The Chinese government must make continued efforts to improve the people's wellbeing and promote social fairness and justice so that all the people can share in more fruits of development in a fair way and see that they have a stake in it. We will make the Chinese nation stand rock-firm in the family of nations with an aspiring spirit.

Then what is the prospect of the 19th National Congress of CPC?So to speak, to achieve the great renewal of the Chinese nation is the dream of every Chinese people as well as the long-term objective of the ruling party. It surely requires continued efforts of generations. The "two centenary goals", namely, to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the centenary of the Communist Party of China in 2021 and to turn China into a socialist modern country that is strong, prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious by the centenary of the People's Republic of China in 2049, clearly mark the strategic steps, historic tasks and practical directions of the realization of the Chinese dream. China is standing at a new historical starting point. We expect the success of the 19th National Congress of the CPC to steer the giant ship of China forward to brighter future, to bring new development strategies and driving forces to the Chinese dream of the great renewal of the Chinese nation and to make greater contributions to world peace and development and progress of mankind.

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