19th Party Congress - a new starting point for the next 30 years
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is a significant transitional point ushering into the future while inheriting the past achievements, said Yin Xiaohuang, a professor from Occidental College, on the eve of the opening of the 19th Party Congress.
While the first 30 years of Chinese development took place from 1949, the founding year of the Republic of China, to 1978, the beginning of China’s economic reform, the second 30 year-period ranges from the starting point of the economic reforms to today, during which China has become the second-largest economy in the world. As Chinese President Xi Jinping has put forward the Two Centenary Goals in a bid to “finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects,” the 19th Party Congress would make a significant summary of the achievements of the past “two 30-year periods”, and spell out the important tasks for the next 30 years to fulfill the Chinese Dream of national renewal, said Yin.
“The overall goal of the coming 30 years would be to finish building a prosperous society in all respects and fulfill the Chinese Dream of national renewal, which is why the 19th Party Congress marks a significant transitional point,” said Yin, adding that it is a view shared by most overseas Chinese experts, instead of only his own.
Looking back on the achievements during the past five years, Yin said one of the most remarkable things was China’s efforts at clean governance. While corruption is a side effect of the rapid development of a country, China has undertaken an effective anti-corruption campaign and brought “clean air” to national development. 
Another side effect of the rapid economic and social development is a widening wealth gap which may endanger social stability. But fortunately, China’s “targeted measures in poverty alleviation” have played a huge role in improving equality in social distribution system, helping those suffering from severe poverty to be covered by public welfare. “One feature of the ‘target poverty alleviation’ policy is to get every household and every individual covered by the public welfare system, instead of just making a propaganda,” Yin noted.
Looking ahead, Yin said the development of globalization in the next 30 years should also be one that benefits every country involved, instead of resulting in a zero-sum game. 
“With the development of globalization, countries that have not seen many benefits tend to begin to oppose the globalization trend, which makes it important to make “mutual benefits” and “win-win cooperation” a precondition of globalization,” said Yin, adding that the Belt and Road Initiative is an approach to the future globalization.
Put forward by President Xi, the Belt and Road Initiative is a short form of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. 
“The Belt and Road is an innovative approach to globalization put forward by President Xi in a bid to achieve mutual benefits and win-win cooperation in a new era. It not only includes China’s exports of technology and capital to neighboring countries and promote market demand in BRICS countries, but also import of technology and capital from European and American countries to Chinese market,” Yin added. 
Yin Xiaohuang is a professor from Occidental College.

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