19th CPC National Congress will usher China into ‘new era’
With Chinese President Xi Jinping announcing that “socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era” at the opening ceremony of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, “new era” has become a buzzword in China’s online community over past few days. 
In the 68-page report with over 30,000 Chinese characters, Xi made a summary of the achievements China has made in the past five years and drew up a two-stage development plan for the period from 2020 to the middle of the 21st century to develop China into a “great modern socialist country.”
New era
Only when a country knows her own direction, can she choose a right ism which is also determined by a country’s historical experiences. When it comes to the choice of the ruling party of a country, it depends on the mission and responsibility of the party. In China, the choice of the Communist Party of China as the ruling party was made by the people based on the Party’s mission which is to create happiness and pursuing prosperity for its people. 
While the idea of “end of history” was put forward a few years ago in the West, the Chinese Communist Party has been leading its people onto a road which not only fits its historical reality but also embodies the people’s long-term wish to live in a prosperous and harmonious country. 
Through decades of efforts under the leadership of the CPC, China has become the second-largest economy in the world. The road China has been through can make a valuable experience for other developing countries and a reference for some Western countries facing new challenges.
New contradiction
While the main social contradiction of China had been the one between the ever-growing people’s demand for better material and spiritual life and a lagging productivity since 1981, it has now become one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life, according to the report delivered by Xi on Wednesday.
The new contradiction shows China has entered a new historical period and raises a new task for China’s leaders - the people now have broader demand for a better life. Not only have their material and cultural needs grown, but also their demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment. 
New thoughts
The rise of a power is often backed by great thoughts, as shown by history. China has been through ups and downs throughout history since the Revolution of 1911, and generations of Chinese people have spared no efforts in figuring out the right thought which could lead the country into a right direction. 
Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development are all great thoughts that the CPC has created based on the Marxism-Leninism and China’s reality.
The Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era put forward by President Xi builds on and further enriches Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development. 
It will not only guide China into a "great modern socialist country," but also contribute a “Chinese solution” to human development. 

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