China's image in the new development concept
Shaping China's Image with the New Development Concept
Innovation, coordination, and a green, open and shared development philosophy, is based on General Secretary of the Party Central Committee Comrade Xi Jinping's a core concept of a new idea and new strategy to deepen the understanding of contemporary China's economic and social development, realising the reformation and expansion of the Communist Party of China's concept of development.
Following the new development concept, it will profoundly shape China's domestic image, the image of the Party, and China's international image, to explore human society to provide a better Chinese system, and to perfect the global social governance system to provide Chinese wisdom.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the opening ceremony of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 4, 2016. (Photo: Xinhua/Li Tao)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) members, some guest countries and international organizations pose for a group photo ahead of the opening ceremony of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 4, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Interpretation of the New Image of the Country
"Innovation is the key to unlocking the fundamentals of growth." President Xi Jinping's series of speeches at the G20 Hangzhou Summit has been focused on innovation. The Summit's themes of "innovation, vitality, linkage, inclusion" accorded well with the new development. President Xi's series of speeches fully demonstrated China's new atmosphere, interpreting the country's new image. In the era of globalization, the image of the state has become an important component of national interests; building a good image of the country promotes national development, safeguards national security and enhances overall national strength and international competitiveness.
Observe the new dimensions of China's path. A development path is an important representation of the image of the country, which reflects its development level, development mode, development orientation, and value pursuit, and is directly related to the shaping of national image. Xi Jinping pointed out that we want to build socialism with Chinese characteristics, not any other doctrine. The road of socialism with Chinese characteristics has become an important aspect of the image of our country. The concepts of development, innovation, coordination, greenness, openness and sharing, respectively, from the development of power, path of development, the purpose of development and other dimensions, are characteristics of the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics. The audience can more directly and specifically perceive the connotation of China's national image and comprehend the construction of China's national image.
Highlight the image of China's new elements. New ideas for the national image will inject new elements. Innovation and development means the development of power conversion, from "factor-driven" and "investment-driven" to innovation-driven change, which show the courage to innovate intelligent and sustainable development of the national image. Coordinated development focuses on addressing the development imbalance. Green development is the embodiment of ecological civilization and showing respect for nature and the social and cultural development of the country. Opening up means opening up to a mutually beneficial and win-win strategy, developing a higher level of open economy, taking an active part in global economic governance and public goods supply, building a broad community of interests, showing a friendly, mutually beneficial, win-win and peaceful national image. Sharing development is to narrow the income gap, the gap between urban and rural areas, so that all people have more sense of access, which shows social fairness, common prosperity, and a happy image of the people of the country. Therefore, the practice of the new development concept from different dimensions and different levels will create a new image of the country to provide new opportunities.
Consolidate the new cornerstones of China's image. The new development concept is a macro-control strategy, a new cornerstone of the image of China. Xi Jinping repeatedly stressed the comprehensive establishment of a well-off society. The realization of the goal of building a comprehensively well-off society will lay an important foundation for national image construction. Under the guidance of the new development concept, building a comprehensively well-off society, both in the history of the Chinese nation's development and in the history of the world's development and the history of socialism, has a symbolic significance and provides solid support for shaping the country's image.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma show lobsters from Canada at the headquarters of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, September 3, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
Shaping the Good Image of the Party
The new development concept is not only a development direction, but also a ruling idea. It shows the CPC's overall grasp of the overall development situation of the country and the general trend of world development. It embodies the CPC's sense of purpose and sense of responsibility. It embodies the CPC's governing capacity and the new development of this capacity.
Promotion of governing capacity. The ability to govern is an important part of shaping the image of a political party, and the ability to govern should be improved with the changes in the governing environment. The new development concept is based on the stage of China's economic and social development, not only based on our practice, but also absorbing the excellence of traditional Chinese culture and the development experience during Reform and Opening Up, and adapting to the development trends of the international community. By doing this our Party will deal with major challenges, resist major risks, overcome major obstacles to resolve major contradictions, and make rational choices. Our Party will enhance the level of governance, and improve its governance image.
Highlight the purpose of governing. The fundamental question of modelling the Party's image is that of who governance is for, and who carries it out. The CPC is a party that serves the people and their interests. In choosing the mode and path of development, the interests of the people are paramount. General Secretary Xi Jinping stressed: "People are the creators of history, the masses are the real heroes", and "our goal is to give people the better life they long for." This expresses the position of the people and the purpose of the Communist Party of China. The new development concept embodies the people's dominant position, demonstrates the purpose of governing for the people, and runs through the people as the centre of the development of ideas, highlighting the party's purpose and governing mission.
Reform of governing methods. Style of governance is the key factor in shaping the image of the Party. The new development concept leads its implementation, putting forward new requirements for the Party's style of governance. Xi Jinping pointed out: "to implement the new concept of development involves a series of changes in ways of thinking, behaviour, and work style, involving the adjustment of a series of working relations, social relations, and interest relations; to not carry out reform is simply to sit and pontificate, and will never reach the other side." The new development concept of practice requires strategic thinking, historical thinking, dialectical thinking, innovative thinking, the bottom line of thinking, improvement of the use of scientific theory in thinking, analysing and solving problems, and continuously enhancing the scientific nature of the work. It is necessary to reform the old institutional mechanisms to form a systematic, scientific, standardized and effective system to strengthen and improve the leadership of the Party's economic and social work; this requires the use of legal thinking and the rule of law to promote economic and social development, in accordance with the rule of law. It calls for deepening reform to stimulate the people through comprehensive innovation, entrepreneurial vitality, and economic and social development. Therefore, the new concept of development will promote reform of the Party's governing style, helping shape the Communist Party of China's image as never being satisfied and never ceasing in its governance.
Promotional videos featuring the G20 Summit in Hangzhou are shown on the billboard-sized screen in New York's Times Square. The three films will be shown multiple times daily until Sept 8, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
Enhancing Great power Soft Power
At the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Chairman Xi Jinping coordinated efforts to encourage visionary, sagacious, and open-minded world leaders to support the G20 focus on the most prominent, most important and most urgent challenges facing the world economy, and strengthen policy coordination, and improve the mechanism and solid implementation of the summit results. A series of consensuses have been reached, China's actions showing strong evidence of the new development concept of strong soft power. The new concept of development is not only a rational choice based on China's economic and social developmental reality, but also a Chinese solution to the global dilemma of human development. For the development of human civilization, cooperative construction of the community of humanity will have far-reaching influence, and will greatly enhance China's international status and international image.
Development consensus in global perspective. The new concept of development is adapted to the developmental trend of the international community and the development trend, with a global perspective. The new development concept has been the driving force behind our country's goals and direction of development, bringing it to the forefront of current trends. Because of this, the new concept of development and practice has attracted the attention of the international community, becoming a global consensus.
An emerging great power that dares to be responsible. Responsibility is an important yardstick for measuring a country's international image. The new development concept itself embodies China's responsibility. For example, the implementation of major strategies such as "One Belt One Road" fully demonstrates that our openness not only focuses on China itself, but also strives to achieve win-win cooperation and provide other countries with opportunities and space for common development. In the words of General Secretary Xi Jinping, "we welcome everyone to take the train of China's development, whether by express or hitch-hiking, we welcome all; as we say, travelling alone is fast, but travelling together takes you further.'" All of the General Secretary's speeches at the G20 Summit highlighted China's responsibility and self-confidence. China 's wisdom breaks through the obstacles of global development.
The production of ideas, experience, and wisdom is more important than the production of goods as a sign of national soft power. Since the international financial crisis in 2008, the world has been preoccupied with how to lead the international economy out of the crisis. The new concept of development is the Chinese proposal to cope with global development dilemmas, the Chinese wisdom that seeks to break through global development obstacles. "The concept of innovation, coordination, greenness, openness and sharing is the prescription for the normalization of China's economic development and the recovery of the world economy." With the development of practice, the value of this "prescription" will become increasingly apparent. The many results of the G20 summit came under the guidance of the new development concept, using Chinese wisdom to provide Chinese programs to open strong, sustainable, balanced, inclusive growth.
In short, the new development concept for China's national image, and the construction of the Party's image, has brought new opportunities, is adding new content, and providing new support. We must consciously shape the image of China with the new development concept and win a good development environment for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.