Documentary on China’s reform screened across country ahead of 19th National Congress

A 10-episode political documentary narrating the achievements made by China’s Communist Party in deepening reform in the past five years has been aired since last week, garnering positive feedback with many lauding the country’s ongoing reform efforts on social media platform.
The documentary, “Jiang Gaige Jinxing Daodi” which in English translates as “carrying the reform through to the end”, was aired with one episode each day on state broadcaster, China Central Television, beginning on July 17. With each episode about 45 minutes long, the documentary concludes on Wednesday.
Highlighting President Xi Jinping’s important speeches and his new thoughts on the governance of China since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, its topics include economy, politics, social management, Chinese culture, environment, military reform and the Party’s thorough self-improvement.
The curtain for comprehensively deepening reforms in China was raised at the third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in November 2013, drawing a blueprint for specific reforms goals with economic reform as the key and a proper relationship between the government and the market as the core solution.
In the same year, the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee also decided to set up the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform and appointed President Xi as its head in order to attach great significance to the reform.
“The documentary serves as an inspiration to Chinese people and is conducive to uniting all forces of society to carry forward the reform,” said Liu Feng, professor of politics with the Chinese Academy of Governance, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The documentary is also available on several China’s major video platforms, and it has been viewed for more than 2.56 million times on one of the largest video platforms iQiYi alone as of Wednesday.
Like another Chinese domestic drama In the Name of People which was shown earlier this year focusing on the country’s ongoing efforts to crack down on corruption and which triggered a nationwide sensation, this documentary brought up a new topic in the country with many people holding confidence toward future economic growth and social development with the deepening of reform.
“Although the reform was not easy, development of the country has been indeed fast in the past five years,” said one user on Sina Weibo.
“The reform is really awesome, and China will become stronger and stronger,” another commented.
While the documentary was shown across country as a showcase of the glorious achievements made through the reforms in the past five years itself, it has also been regarded as part of the country’s efforts in preparing for the upcoming 19th National Congress of the CPC which is to be held later this year.
Besides the documentary, under the orders from China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, all cinemas across China are asked to show a three-and-a-half minute propaganda film titled “The Glory and the Dream-Our Chinese Dream” before every movie, which features many popular Chinese celebrities such as Huang Xiaoming, and Angela Baby.
Beyond that, the documentary also came after China’s Internet authorities closed dozens of popular social media accounts earlier last month, in an effort to “clean up the Internet environment” and “spread socialist core values.”

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